Organized youth sports in America have become increasingly expensive, competitive, and exclusive. There is little evidence, however, that they have become more effective in developing better athletes. Notre Dame Professor F. Clark Power will lead a Hesburgh Lecture on how organized youth sports programs have become increasingly expensive, leaving poor children behind. His presentation presents a researched-based approach to youth sports that advances the welfare and development of all children.
F. Clark Power has been teaching in the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame for more than 30 years. He is also the founder of the Play Like A Champion Today Program, which serves children, particularly from economically distressed urban communities, through youth sports organizations. He received an Ed.D. in human development from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in 1979. His research and writing focus on moral education in sports and schools.