by Taylor Smiley, Anne Buford, Alexis Wangmene, Rc Buford and Laura Dixon
In his role as General Manager of the San Antonio Spurs RC Buford has enjoyed being part of four NBA Championship celebrations. In his work with kids in Africa and the Middle East Buford has literally changed hundreds of lives. For this session he is joined by Anne Buford, the executive producer of Elevate, and Taylor Smiley, managing director of PeacePlayers International. Join these three as they discuss the amazing impact basketball has had on boys and girls around the world.
by Yago Colás
In this presentation, I will share the story of a groundbreaking pedagogical experiment that quickly gained national and international attention: teaching “Cultures of Basketball” at the University of Michigan. Inspired by my lifelong love of the game and informed by my scholarly interests in the role that stories, particularly informal stories, play in shaping our daily lives at the individual and collective level, “Cultures of Basketball” quickly surpassed my wildest expectations. Its appearance in university course listings provoked hundreds of student e-mails begging for one of the 24 spots in the course. The impromptu course diary I posted on my blog drew the attention of local newspapers, ESPN.com and other major online venues in this country and abroad, as well as hundreds of readers per day. Finally, the in-class experience provided challenges unlike any I’d faced in my 20 years of university teaching: negotiating the balance between formality and informality, emotional experience and intellectual inquiry, student and student-athlete (students included 8 members of Michigan’s men’s basketball team), the freedom to openly explore uncharted pedagogical ground and the imperatives of academic integrity, all while making my first foray into blogging and micro-blogging social media.
Sport by its very nature is social. How do you bring sport and activity to a new level of engagement? How do you motivate people to get moving? What influence does music have on motivation? Do we create more fun if we make it a game or a competition – is social the catalyst? This session is sponsored by Nike.
by Spencer Hall
Ron Prince went from being a disgraced former Kansas State head football coach to being the internet's first job candidate for everything from coaching vacancies to the Presidency of Libya. How did this happen? Via the chaotic and boundlessly enthusiastic meme-building of the sporting internet, the ever-expanding space that has surpassed ESPN as the primary destination for sports fans who want something more than a box score and canned television commentary to feed their bottomless appetite. Spencer Hall of SBNation.com and EDSBS.com will outline the basic growth of the online sports community from its origins in message board and single author blogs to its current configuration of content farms, networks, independent sites, and Twitter feeds. The discussion will trace the current trajectories of online sports communities, follow the money to see what's attracting investors' dollars, and make a few guesses about where it's all headed. There will also be at least one hundred photoshopped pictures of athletes doing silly things, so if the rest disappoints you the pictures definitely will not.
Until quite recently, there was a single source of record for your favorite sports team: The beat writer. For decades, the local paper determined what sports fans would consume and how they’d consume it.Not until the explosion of the internet were sports fans able to fulfill their desire to know more about their team -- and know that stuff immediately. The web completely innovated the experience of being a sports fan. Pretty soon, athletes were communicating directly with fans. Highlight dunks were published online seconds later. Reporters began to tweet notes from practice instantly.Today's modern sports fan demands immediacy, and this appetite is driving a new kind of sports coverage, one that relies on innovation, both technically and editorially. Our panel will explore the rapid innovation that has occurred in sports journalism, and promises to continue at an exponential rate. We'll seek to answer the question: What will the sports beat look like in 10 years?
9th–13th March 2012