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Sports & the Law, v8 n1-2 Win 1994

This teaching resource presents articles that draw on young people's natural interest in sports to stimulate their involvement in law-related education. An article on violence in sports explores the causes of this violence--the physical contact inherent in many sports, the desire to win at all costs, the urging of coaches, and the negligence of referees--as well as measures proposed to restrain players, including safety equipment, fines and suspensions, criminal charges, and civil penalties. In a lesson plan that follows, students are assigned the roles of either referees, league administrators, or criminal prosecutors and asked to propose solutions to several hypothetical violent episodes. In the coach's column, a regular feature, Andy Schwich describes the charitable activities of Dodger's pitcher Orel Hershiser and his nomination for the Roberto Clemente Award for outstanding achievement on and off the field. An article on the outreach activities of Los Angeles sports teams describes a midnight basketball league, educational support programs, and community youth support programs. In an interview, retired Los Angeles Raider's safety, Mike Davis, describes his activities as executive director of the NFL Youth Education Town, which encourages inner-city athletes to focus on their education. (JD)

Descriptors: Athletics, Citizenship Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Law Related Education, Social Studies, Violence

Constitutional Rights Foundation, 601 South Kingsley Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90005.

Autor: Degelman, Charles, Ed.; Hayes, Bill, Ed.


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