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Sports Leadership Academy

Drexel University's Department of Sport Management launched the Sports Leadership Academy in 2008 to address one of the most important societal needs — the need to develop effective leaders.

The Sports Leadership Academy emphasizes the effectiveness of life-skills training and character development through sport. The Academy emphasizes the role sports can play in teaching fundamental character-based values, encouraging academic success in the classroom, demonstrating the importance of good sportsmanship, providing leadership opportunities, and enhancing an understanding of the real impact of sports as a force for positive change.

The Sports Leadership Academy develops and delivers sports-related research and programs built around the concepts of character development, classroom success, and competitive excellence, which when taken together demonstrate how sports can be used as a vehicle for developing a new generation of leadership talent.

  • Develop a comprehensive program of research around the influence sport participation has on the leadership capabilities of individuals that includes longitudinal data collection designed to inform and shape the work of the Sports Leadership Academy.
  • Develop a series of educational workshops, seminars, and certificate programs tailored to athletes, parents and coaches that emphasize the important virtues, values, and leadership principles that can be derived from sports competition.
  • Disseminate cutting-edge knowledge to researchers and practitioners in the field of sport leadership through the development of a website, quarterly e-newsletter, and annual online journal.