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Athletic Activism and Social Change

Ohio State's Sports and Society Initiative hosts a panel discussion on the role of athletic activism in social change.


Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, former NBA Most Improved Player winner and two-time SEC Player of the Year. His nine-year NBA career was spent with the Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings and the Vancouver Grizzlies.

Malcom Jenkins, safety, Philadelphia Eagles. Jenkins played as a cornerback for Ohio State, earning consensus All-American honors and winning the Jim Thorpe Award as a senior.

Tommie Smith, an American former track and field athlete and gold medal winner at the 1968 Summer Olympics. His Black Power salute with John Carlos atop the medal podium to protest discrimination against African-Americans remains a symbolic moment in the history of the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

Panel Moderator:

Vince Doria, former senior vice president and director of news, ESPN.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required.

Join @sportssociety tomorrow for a panel on role of athletic activism and social change, w/ 3 pro athletes #ASCDaily

The Sports and Society Initiative at Ohio State is devoted to the development of a better understanding of the role of amateur and professional sports in the economy and society at large. Its goal is to promote high quality research related to issues of societal concern in sports at all levels through research grants, undergraduate and graduate training and internships, the sponsorship of conferences and interaction with policy makers in sports and related industries.

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