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Why sport matters

February 3, 2016 — 

A new book challenges Canadians to think critically about sports – why they matter in terms of health, gender, human rights, and equality.

Bringing together an internationally recognized group of sports studies scholars, Playing for Change: The Continuing Struggle for Sport and Recreation, a book edited by Russell Field, assistant professor  in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the U of M, examines the idea of why sport matters to us, and why the way we think about and question sport is of equal importance.

Playing for Change explores topics pertaining to themes such as controversies surrounding the Vancouver and Sochi Olympic Games, access to physical activity in Canadian communities, and the role of activism in the delivery of sport.

“We have to understand why sports, this institution we love, needs to be thought of critically,” says Field. “That’s what holds this book together – a world-renowned scholars coming together to think about sport critically – in terms of health, gender, human rights, and equality.”

What: Playing for Change: The Continuing Struggle for Sport and Recreation book launch
Who: Russell Field (U of M asst. prof) & Bruce Kidd, renowned athlete, scholar, activist, and Principal, University of Toronto Scarborough
When: Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, 7 p.m.
Where: McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Ave.

For more information contact Garrick Kozier, Communications Officer, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at: 204-471-7171 (garrick [dot] kozier [at] umanitoba [dot] ca).

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