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Orphan Swazi schoolboys playing soccer in a local school in Mbabane, Swaziland, in 2006. (Shutterstock)

How sport for development and peace can transform the lives of youth

Whether it's global conflicts or communities in trouble, the solutions to peace and prosperity aren't only found by government. Sports, too, can bring about much-needed change.
Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) hits Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) with a helmet during a National Football League game Nov. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Myles Garrett, Don Cherry and the changing nature of the sports boys club

Attempts to disrupt or challenge normative, sporty masculinity has been met by outrage by those who cannot see nor hear the tribalism and male privilege of masculinized spaces like locker rooms.
A team photograph of the 1919 Chicago White Sox squad, many of whom would be implicated in throwing that year’s World Series. Heritage Auctions

How gambling built baseball – and then almost destroyed it

Up until the 1919 Black Sox Scandal, gambling and baseball had a marriage of convenience. A century later, gambling is again being seen as a solution to the sport's woes.
A pitcher tries to throw a ball past a batter. AP Images/Eric Gay

Curious Kids: How does a curveball curve?

In baseball, a pitcher can throw a ball that seems to curve away just as it crosses the plate. How do they do it? It's all about aerodynamics.
The link between survival and art creation for some youth suggests that meaningful activity may be a necessary dimension of youth homelessness prevention. Tom Parsons/Unsplash

How sports and arts can help prevent youth homelessness

Research shows meaningful and accessible activity like sports and arts may have significant impacts for homeless youth or youth at risk of homelessness.
Simone Biles is the greatest gymnast the world has ever seen – but she is also unlike any other athlete the sport has known. Noushad Thekkayil/EPA

Friday essay: from delicate teens to fierce women, Simone Biles’ athleticism and advocacy have changed gymnastics forever

Simone Biles enters the 2019 World Gymnastics Championships already with the most all-around gold medals ever. The greatest of all time, she has changed the sport forever.
Youth hockey’s play-to-win culture means that children’s personal development is pushed to the side in pursuit of victory. Shutterstock

Play-to-win attitudes in youth hockey sacrifice personal development for victory

Organized sports can foster positive development in children. However, the competitive nature of youth hockey produces a pressure-to-win environment, where personal development is pushed to the side.
Boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor engage in some verbal sparring prior to their 2017 bout. AP Photo/John Locher

When does trash talking work?

Whether it frustrates or motivates your opponent can depend on the situation.
Samoan-American quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is a preseason favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, college football’s top award. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

I traveled to American Samoa 5 times to study the secret to its football success

A key tenet of Samoan culture emphasizes community, deference to authority and confronting fears – a mindset that makes an ideal football player. But it can extract a physical toll.
Sports have long been seen as a way to improve outcomes in Indigenous communities, but more research is needed to structure better programs. Paul Miller/AAP

Are sports programs closing the gap in Indigenous communities? The evidence is limited

A review of 20 studies shows that sport can improve outcomes for Indigenous youth in education and culture, but the evidence on longer-lasting impacts is lacking.

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