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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown Help SJSU Announce Launch of New Institute

SAN JOSE (KRON) — Sports legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jim Brown helped San Jose State University announce the opening of a new Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change this week. SJSU held a star-studded town hall meeting to celebrate the launch, featuring panel discussions by athletes and management from the NBA, NFL, NHL and the Olympics at the Hammer Theatre Center on campus. SJSU alumnus and record-setting discus thrower Harry Edwards co-founded the Olympic Project for Human Rights in 1967 with Tommie Smith and John Carlos. The two icons stars joined a group

2020-03-20T18:18:35+00:00January 26, 2017|

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‘From Words to Action’: Renowned Athletes Stimulate Social Discussion in San Jose

(NBC Bay Area) Some of the most legendary names in sports, including NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown, converged on San Jose Tuesday morning to engage in an open discussion with the hope of spurring positive social changes.  Watch video from SJSU campus with Scott Budman. Read article by Brendan Weber.  

2018-01-24T21:55:09+00:00January 24, 2017|

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Pro Athletes Discuss Sports and Political Activism at SJSU

(ABC7) Bay Area athletes have a long history of activism, from the 1968 Mexico City Olympics where San Jose State sprinters John Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their fists in a black power protest to Colin Kaepernick's refusing to stand for the national anthem. Athletes have a platform to promote issues, though their message or action doesn't always sit well with fans. "They have the opportunity to use free speech, but there are also consequences that come with that, and I think Colin saw some of that this year. He obviously put himself out there on a limb, and

2018-01-26T17:11:16+00:00January 24, 2017|

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San Jose State Forms Institute on Sport and Social Change

(KQED) When San Jose State University athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists at the 1968 Olympics Games, they made sports history and came to symbolize black power and protest in America. The two sprinters stand in a long line of SJSU sports pioneers, including Patty Sheehan, the first openly gay professional golfer, and Lee Evans, the track and field athlete who fought to exclude the apartheid state of Rhodesia from the 1972 Olympic Games. The University continues that legacy as it launches the Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change. We discuss

2018-01-24T22:00:45+00:00January 23, 2017|