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The Sports and Society Initiative at Ohio State focuses on the intersection of society and sports, as it pertains to research, academics and career opportunities for students. We offer:

  • Funding for cutting edge research into how sports impacts society at the amateur level.
  • Outstanding programming featuring industry leaders to explore key societal issues around sport.
  • Expert voices to speak on key topics related to sports and society, including economics, youth engagement, media trends, sociological topics, sports medicine and wellness, sports psychology and more.
  • A blog featuring experts on the intersection of sports and society, including Dr. B. David Ridpath on "How the drive for athletic scholarship impacts big business of youth sports. (with book excerpt)"

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Associate Professor

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SSI Research Professor

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Associate Professor

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Dean, Social and Behavioral Sciences