Dr. Richard Lapchick shared his firsthand accounts of time he spent with Nelson Mandela and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Trinity students and community members on October 22 as part of the College’s Worldview series.
Lapchick, who gave his address, “The Power of Sports to Heal,” told how sports bring help and healing to larger issues in today’s world.
“Differences dissolve in the huddle,” Lapchick said. “Your team won’t win if you don’t pull together and overcome differences.”
Lapchick also discussed his efforts to find equality in sports.
“There has been progress in the world of sport,” Lapchick said, “but there is still a way to go for racial and gender equality.”
About Richard Lapchick
Human rights activist, pioneer for racial equality, internationally recognized expert on sports issues, and author, Lapchick is often described as “the racial conscience of sport.”
Lapchick is the director at the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport and chair of DeVos Sports Business Management Graduate Program at the University of Central Florida (UCF).
After five years at his position at UCF, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and ESPN the Magazine named it in the nation’s top five programs.
Considered among the nation's experts on sport and social issues, Lapchick has appeared numerous times on numerous news broadcasts including Good Morning America, The Today Show, and ABC World News.
Lapchick also led the 1978 sports boycott and has received many humanitarian awards for his efforts toward equality in sports.