Courtesy of the New York Times, a report on how the NBA has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to cultivate an immense potential fan base on the continent and develop future stars: On an outdoor [...]
Via Dialogue Earth, a look at how the 2024 Euros and Paris Olympics are vowing to be greener, and what it means for the challenges of cutting emissions from major sporting events It’s time to add another new word to [...]
Courtesy of The Washington Post, commentary on how - as societal grievance divides sports fans - media members will either meet this moment or get trampled by it: The night before Muhammad Ali’s funeral, a handful of [...]
Via The Washington Post, an article on how - in the fight over transgender participation in U.S. sports - the right to play is simply an opening act: Before the hate, she changed in peace, transforming out of her body and [...]



Refusing to “just shut up and play,” more and more athletes are stepping off the court, the field, the pitch, or the ice to leverage their voices and platforms to push for social change. This blog - More Than A Game - is a forum dedicated to the inspirational convergence of athletics, politics, leadership, and social change.

Muhammad Ali. Billie Jean King. John Carlos and Tommie Smith. Maya Moore. Colin Kaepernick. Megan Rapinoe and the United States National Women’s Soccer Team. Francois Pienaar. LeBron James. These are but a few of the accomplished athletes who have also demonstrated leadership in sports and social change, contributing to movements such as Black Lives Matter, the Civil Rights movement, anti-war protests, gender equality, LGBTQ rights and other critical issues.

But the role of athletes in leadership and social change is not limited to the pages of history books, nor is the connection between sports and social change only driven by individual athletes and teams. Inspirational organizations like Athlete Ally, Peace Players, Grassroots Soccer, and others are using sports as a way to pull people together behind a common cause, to bridge divides or to promote public health today.

Whether you are an athlete yourself or have never picked up a ball, More Than A Game will provide a forum to learn about brave athletes, teams, and sports-related organizations which exercised their leadership to foster a better understanding of social causes, advocacy, and changemaking for important causes throughout history.