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Creator: Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Center for the Study of Sport in Society.
Title:Center for the Study of Sport in Society records
Dates:1978-2003 (1985-1998 bulk)
Call Number:A56
Location:30/4, 31/1-2
Volume:28.3 cubic ft. (29 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The records of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society (CSSS) document the activities of CSSS in its efforts to improve the integrity of amateur and professional sports in areas such as academic achievement for student-athletes, race and gender relations, reduction of violence, and community involvement. It also documents CSSS’s unique mission to apply the principles of sports to solve social problems. The bulk of the material in the collection dates from 1985-1998, but spans the opening of the CSSS in 1984 to 2003. Records include correspondence, reports and studies, publications and publicity materials, speeches, project and event planning and documentation, media relations files, subject files, and some audio and audio-visual material of CSSS directors.
Historical Abstract:Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society (CSSS) was founded by Richard Lapchick in 1984 to increase awareness of sports and their relation to society, and to explore the use of sports in bringing about positive social change. As one of its first projects to reform high school and college sports, in 1985 CSSS established the National Consortium for Academics and Sports to advocate for a balance between academics and athletics. CSSS’s programs later addressed more general social problems by means of athletes and sports. Established in 1990, Project TEAMWORK trained students in the value of diversity and conflict resolution. Beginning in 1993, the Mentors in Violence Prevention program worked to reduce men's violence against women. The Urban Youth Sports Program was founded in 1995 and enabled Boston youth to participate in organized athletic programs. Also established in 1995, Athletes in Service to America helped students to promote racial harmony, reduce violence, and achieve academic success. From 1989 to 2002, CSSS also published the Racial and Gender Report Card, which analyzed the hiring practices of women and people of color in the NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball, NHL, Major League Soccer, the Women's NBA, the NCAA, and its member institutions.
Arrangement:Organized into 9 series: 1. Director (Richard Lapchick); 2. Senior Associate Director (Jose Masso); 3. Director of Research and Communications (Jeffrey Brown); 4. Administrative; 5. Projects; 6. Development and Marketing; 7. Annual Awards Banquet and the Hall of Fame; 8. National Consortium for Academics and Sports; 9. Audio-Visual and Computing Media.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Lapchick, Richard Edward
  • Masso, Jose
  • Brown, Jeffery

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Center for the Study of Sport in Society.
  • National Basketball Association.
  • National Football League.
  • Major League Baseball (Organization).

  • Athletes.
  • Athletes -- Education.
  • College sports -- Moral and ethical aspects.
  • College sports -- Social aspects.
  • College sports -- United States.
  • Discrimination in sports.
  • Mass media and sports -- United States.
  • School sports -- United States.
  • Sports -- Social aspects.
  • Sports -- South Africa.
  • Sports for children -- United States.
  • United States -- Race relations.

Restrictions:Records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Stein Helmrich, September 2003