209 Benefits of Legally Integrating Spirituality Into Athletic Programs

Wednesday, March 18, 2015: 2:45 PM-3:15 PM
Convention Center: Idea Exchange: Room 601 Foyer
Sport: Organization and Administration
Intended Audience: Middle/High, Post Secondary Instructor/Faculty
Speaker: Charles H. WIlson, Jr., Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
Religion and/or spirituality can be controversial topics, leading to a large part of some individuals’ identities to be ignored. However, encouraging respectful pluralism (Hicks, 2003) can allow athletic programs to legally integrate religion and/or spirituality with benefits to both coaches and athletes. Governing bodies, administrators, coaches and coaching educators should be aware of both the benefits and challenges of respectful pluralism.
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