The Royal Way Featured in Recent Journal Publication

    Robert W. Davis Jr., Ed.D. '03, vice president for student life at the University
    January 7, 2019
    Sport at the service of human development means that in and through sport there is an opportunity to push mind, body and soul to new heights

    Matthew L. Davidson Ph.D., '93, an original founder and the current president of the Institute for Excellence & Ethics and Robert W. Davis Jr., Ed.D. '03, vice president for student life at the University, recently published an article titled "Sport at the Service of Human Development" in Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal.

    In the article, the authors write that "winning isn't the only thing and when it is, that is precisely when our human development is stunted and our humanity is in jeopardy."

    They argue that participation in sports can build character, especially when players are guided by the Jesuit ideals. The authors detail how Le Moyne College and The University of Scranton set out to create a "department of excellence" in Athletics with a goal of "total human development within each team," and went on to create "measurable evidence of excellence in academics, athletics and whole-person development" through a "commitment to the foundations of Jesuit education."

    Read the abstract below and the full article here.


    This article describes the underlying theory and practice of a Distinctly Jesuit Approach to Athletics, which was represented at the 2016 Vatican Conference, Sport at the Service of Humanity. The approach has been developed and implemented in a collaboration between the Institute for Excellence & Ethics (IEE) and the athletics departments at Le Moyne College and The University of Scranton. The article recounts the context that was the foundation for the work, the process for developing this distinct type of Athletics Department, and the early results of the ongoing work. The steps included here represent a rigorous and replicable model for unique formation and unique community through the athletics experience, which demonstrates the potential to advance mission without compromising excellence or margin.

    Read on, here.

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