A former NBA player and Southeastern Conference associate commissioner will talk about the broad, cultural impact of sports Dec. 8 at West Virginia University.

Dr. John R. Gerdy, visiting professor at Ohio University, will be on campus to present “Sports: The All-American Addiction” on Dec. 8, 2009, from 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m. in room 172, Coliseum, sponsored by WVU’s College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, Sport Management.

“Dr. Gerdy will offer a twist on how sports play a role in American society. Gerdy illustrates the sometime negative impact of the industry and challenges his audience to look beyond the ‘fun and glory’ of sports,” explains Dr. Dallas Branch, associate professor, sport management, department of sport sciences, CPASS.

“He is an accomplished musician, guitarist and blues singer as well as a foremost authority on intercollegiate reform issues,” Branch adds.

Gerdy has served as an educational consultant representing clients including the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, The Big East Conference, Big 12 Conference and the Institute for International Sports. As Southeastern Conference associate commissioner Gerdy headed up compliance and academic affairs and specialized in legislative services with the NCAA.

The talk is open to students, faculty and staff along with the general public.

Gerdy has authored several books, including Air Ball: American Education’s Failed Experiment with Elite Athletics (2006) and Sports: The All-American Addiction (2002).

For more information, contact Kim Cameon at 304-293-0827 or kimberly.cameon@mail.wvu.edu

-WVU-

kc/12/01/09

CONTACT: Kimberly Cameon, College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences
304-293-0827, Kimberly.Cameon@mail.wvu.edu