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Dr. Richard Lapchick, Founder and
Human rights activist, pioneer for racial equality, internationally recognized expert on sports issues, scholar and author Richard E. Lapchick is often described as “the racial conscience of sport.” He brought his commitment to equality and his belief that sport can be an effective instrument of positive social change to the University of Central Florida where he accepted an endowed chair in August 2001. Lapchick became the only person named as “One of the 100 Most Powerful People in Sport” to head up a sport management program. He remains President and CEO of the National Consortium for Academics and Sport and helped bring the NCAS national office to UCF.
The DeVos Sport Business Management Program at UCF is a landmark program that focuses on the business skills necessary for graduates to conduct a successful career in the rapidly changing and dynamic sports industry. In following with Lapchick’s tradition of human rights activism, the curriculum includes courses with an emphasis on diversity, community service and philanthropy, sport and social issues and ethics in addition to UCF’s strong business curriculum. The DeVos Program has been named one of the nation’s top five programs by the Wall Street Journal, ESPN The Magazine and the New York Times. In 2009 it was named the number 1 MBA program in the nation for volunteer service.
In December of 2006, Lapchick, his wife and daughter and a group of DeVos students formed the Hope for Stanley Alliance which is organizing groups of student-athletes and sports management students to go to New Orleans to work in the reconstruction efforts in the devastated Ninth Ward. As of the fall of 2007, Hope for Stanley members have spent 19 weeks in the city in a partnership with the NOLA City Council. Lapchick was named an honorary citizen by the New Orleans City Council in October 2007.
Lapchick helped found the Center for the Study of Sport in Society in 1984 at Northeastern University. He served as Director for 17 years and is now the Director Emeritus. The Center has attracted national attention to its pioneering efforts to ensure the education of athletes from junior high school through the professional ranks. The Center's Project TEAMWORK was called "America's most successful violence prevention program" by public opinion analyst Lou Harris. It won the Peter F. Drucker Foundation Award as the nation's most innovative non-profit program and was named by the Clinton Administration as a model for violence prevention. The Center and the National Consortium for Academics and Sports created the MVP gender violence prevention program that has been so successful with college and high school athletes that the United States Marine Corps adopted it in 1997.
Lapchick also helped form the NCAS in 1985. It is a group of over 230 colleges and universities that created the first of its kind degree completion and community service programs. To date, 29,856 athletes have returned to NCAS member schools. Over 13,700 have graduated. Nationally, the NCAS athletes have worked with more than 17.5 million students in the school outreach and community service program, which focuses on teaching youth how to improve race relations, develop conflict resolution skills, prevent gender violence and avoid drug and alcohol abuse. They have collectively donated more than 19 million hours of service while member colleges have donated more than $300 million in tuition assistance.
Lapchick was the American leader of the international campaign to boycott South Africa in sport for more than 20 years. In 1993, the Center launched TEAMWORK-South Africa, a program designed to use sports to help improve race relations and help with sports development in post-apartheid South Africa. He was among 200 guests specially invited to Nelson Mandela’s inauguration.
Lapchick is a prolific writer. His 15th and 16th books were published in 2010. Lapchick is a regular columnist for ESPN.com and The Sports Business Journal. He has written more than 550 articles and has given more than 2,800 public speeches.
Lapchick also consults with companies as an expert on both managing diversity and building community relations through service programs addressing the social needs of youth. He has a special expertise on Africa and South Africa. He has made more than 30 trips to Africa and African Studies was at the core of his Ph.D. work.
Before Northeastern, he was an Associate Professor of Political Science at Virginia Wesleyan College from 1970-1978 and a Senior Liaison Officer at the United Nations between1978-1984.
In 2006, Lapchick was named both the Central Florida Public Citizen of the Year and the Florida Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers. Lapchick has been the recipient of numerous humanitarian awards. He was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame of the Commonwealth Nations in 1999 in the category of Humanitarian along with Arthur Ashe and Nelson Mandela and received the Ralph Bunche International Peace Award. He joined the Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, Arthur Ashe and Wilma Rudolph in the Sport in Society Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2009, the Rainbow/ PUSH Coalition and Rev. Jesse Jackson honored him with “A Lifetime Achievement Award for Work in Civil Rights.” Lapchick won Diversity Leadership Award at the 2003 Literacy Classic and the Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award from Tufts University in 2000. He won the Wendell Scott Pioneer Award in 2004 and the NASCAR Diversity Award in 2008 for leadership in advancing people of color in the motor sports industry, education, employment and life. He received the “Hero Among Us Award” from the Boston Celtics in 1999 and was named as the Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez Fellow by the State of Michigan in 1998. Lapchick was the winner of the 1997 "Arthur Ashe Voice of Conscience Award.” He also won the 1997 Women's Sports Foundation President's Award for work toward the development of women's sports. In 1995, the National Association of Elementary School Principals gave him their first award as a "Distinguished American in Service of Our Children." He was a guest of President Clinton at the White House for National Student-Athlete Day in 1996, 1997, 1998 and again in 1999.
He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in Finance and Industry, and Who's Who in American Business. Lapchick was named as "one of the 100 most powerful people in sport" for six consecutive years and as “one of the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America.” He was named one of the 20 most powerful people in college sport and one of the 20 most powerful people in sport in Florida.
He is widely known for bringing different racial groups together to create positive work force environments. In 2003-04 he served as the national spokesperson for VERB, the Center for Disease Control’s program to combat preteen obesity.
Lapchick has received eight honorary degrees. In 1993, he was named as the outstanding alumnus at the University of Denver where he got his Ph.D. in international race relations in 1973. Lapchick received a B.A. from St. John's University in 1967 and an honorary degree from St. John’s in 2001.
Lapchick is a board member of the Open Doors Foundation and SchoolSports which created ESPN’s RISE Magazine. He is on the advisory boards of the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Giving Back Fund. He is a founder of the Hope for Stanley Alliance. He is a consultant to the Black Coaches and Administrators association.
Under Lapchick’s leadership, the DeVos Program launched the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport in December 2002. The Institute focuses on two broad areas. In the area of Diversity, the Institute publishes the critically acclaimed Racial and Gender Report Card, long-authored by Lapchick in his former role as director of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University. The Report Card, an annual study of the racial and gender hiring practices of major professional sports and college sport in the United States, shows long-term trends over a decade and highlights organizations that are notable for diversity in coaching and management staffs.
In another diversity initiative, the Institute partners with the NCAS to provide diversity management training to sports organizations, including athletic departments and professional leagues and teams. The Consortium has already conducted such training for the NBA, Major League Soccer, NASCAR and more than 100 university athletic departments.
In the area of ethics, the Institute monitors some of the critical ethical issues in college and professional sport, including the potential for the exploitation of student-athletes, gambling, performance-enhancing drugs and violence in sport. The Institute publishes annual studies on graduation rates for all teams in college football bowl games, comparing graduation rates for football players to rates for overall student-athletes and including a breakdown by race. The Institute also publishes the graduation rates of the women’s and men’s basketball teams in the NCAA Tournament as March Madness heats up.
Richard is the son of Joe Lapchick, the famous Original Celtic center who became a legendary coach for St. John's and the Knicks. He is married to Ann Pasnak and has three children and two grandchildren.
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Dr. C. Keith Harrison
Dr. C. Keith Harrison is currently Associate Professor in the DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program at the University of Central Florida in the College of Business Administration. Dr. Harrison not only brings theoretical knowledge to intercollegiate athletics and sport management, but also unique personal insights as a former NCAA football scholar-athlete, co-captain his senior year and honor roll performer during his community college and university life experiences. Harrison earned his associate of arts degree from Cerritos College, a bachelor’s degree from West Texas State in physical education, his master’s degree in physical education from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a doctorate in higher and post-secondary education from the University of Southern California (USC). Following his doctorate at USC, Harrison accepted a joint appointment as a visiting professor in the Departments of Teaching and Learning and Kinesiology and Leisure Studies in the College of Education. Harrison was recognized as outstanding faculty educator by fraternity and sorority student groups during his two years at Washington State University.
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Dr. Fitz Hill, Visiting Scholar of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics In Sport
Dr. Fitz Hill is the 13th president in Arkansas Baptist College's 122- year history. Hill most recently served as the Executive Director of the Ouachita Opportunity Fund at Ouachita Baptist University of Arkadelphia. The 41-year-old is the co-founder and co-general manager of Life CHAMPS Sports, a youth sports program headquartered in Little Rock. He is the former head football coach of the San Jose State Spartans and served as assistant head football coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks under head football coach Houston Nutt from 1998 to 2000. Hill is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University. He received a Master's degree in student personnel services from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La., and a doctorate in Higher Education leadership from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1997. He also served in the military during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and received the Bronze Star and Commendation Medal for services rendered. Dr. Hill was awarded the Doctorate of Education degree from the University of Arkansas. His doctoral dissertation was titled “Examining the Barriers Restricting Employment Opportunities Relative to the Perceptions of African American Football Coaches at NCAA Division I-A Colleges and Universities." Since the completion of the degree requirements, Dr. Hill has continued his research, publishing his findings in journals as well as making national presentations regarding the employment experiences of African American coaches at predominantly white collegiate institutions. Coach Hill’s research has been featured on ABC Nightline with Ted Koppel, HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumble, The Black Enterprise Report, CBSportsline.com, ABC Sports, ESPN.com and two ESPN sport programs (Cold Pizza & Outside the Lines). He has been profiled and featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education on three different occasions relating to his research of African American collegiate football coaches as well as his personal experiences in the coaching profession. His research has been featured in major newspaper stories and magazines. The former division I-A head football coach authored and published several articles.
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Professor Scott J. Bukstein, Esq., Research Associate for The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport
Scott J. Bukstein, Esq. is an Instructor, Assistant Director, and Program Coordinator within the DeVos Sport Business Management Program at the University of Central Florida.
Professor Bukstein teaches Introduction to Sport Business Management (SPB 3003), Business Law in Sport and Entertainment (GEB 4824), Event and Facility Management in Sport (SPB 4304), Diversity and Social Issues in Sport (SPB 3603), as well as a graduate-level Sport Law course (SPB 6406), a graduate-level U.S. Sport Industries course (SPB 6608), and a graduate-level Event and Facility Management in Sport course (SPM 6108).
As Assistant Director of the DeVos Graduate Sport Business Management Program, Professor Bukstein helps lead one of the most prestigious graduate sport business management programs in the United States.
As Program Coordinator of the DeVos Undergraduate Sport Business Management Program, Professor Bukstein develops and manages relationships with sport and entertainment organizations to establish volunteer, internship and job opportunities for students in the program. Professor Bukstein is the faculty advisor for the Sport Business Club at UCF.
In addition to his teaching, administrative and program coordinating responsibilities, Professor Bukstein is also the Research Associate for The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES), which publishes The Racial and Gender Report Card each year. The Racial and Gender Report Card is the definitive assessment of hiring practices of women and people of color in most of the leading professional and amateur sports and sporting organizations in the United States.
Professor Bukstein is also a consultant to the NFL. Bukstein works with his colleague and mentor Dr. C. Keith Harrison to advise the NFL Player Engagement department on various player engagement matters relating to diversity and inclusion within the NFL as well as on female consumers of the NFL brand.
Before joining the faculty at UCF, Professor Bukstein was an adjunct instructor at Saint Leo University. He taught a Legal Issues in Sport course in Fall 2009 and a Risk Management in Sport class in Spring 2010.
Professor Bukstein earned a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management and Communications from the University of Michigan. Professor Bukstein received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. Prior to becoming a college professor and administrator, Professor Bukstein worked as a corporate attorney at Faegre & Benson LLP in Minneapolis, where he represented clients in a wide variety of transactional matters, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities, venture capital financings, and general corporate counseling. Bukstein provided legal counsel to several sport organizations. For example, he helped negotiate the Naming Rights Agreement for Target Corporation’s sponsorship of the new Minnesota Twins baseball stadium and he also represented Minnesota Hockey Ventures Group in its sale of the Minnesota Swarm lacrosse team. Professor Bukstein is currently a licensed attorney in the State of Minnesota.
Professor Bukstein’s research focus is on leadership and diversity issues in sport, the perceptions and academic performance of college student-athletes, and the intersection of sport and the law. He has co-authored peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters with his colleague Dr. C. Keith Harrison, in addition to writing articles for law review journals. Professor Bukstein also serves as a member of the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics (JIIA).
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