Sport Governance in North America, 2nd ed. [ebook]

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Author(s): Thomas H. Sawyer
Lawrence W. Judge
Tonya L. Sawyer

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Governance is critical in all industry, and sport is no exception. The purpose of a governing body is to achieve its stated mission within the environment in which it operates.

The success of any governing body is dependent on the ability to function with consistency and stability through its life cycle while adapting to the changing market.

At the individual level, a thorough understanding about how a governing body is organized and operates can assist a sport manager in identifying why some bodies are more effective than others. 

Instructors and students will find Introduction to Sport Governance in North America, 2nd ed. to be useful and interesting in learning about governance, policy development, and ethical issues in sport organizations.

It is designed to illustrate the big picture regarding sport governance and it will assist future sport managers to better understand their roles.

About the Author(s)

Thomas H. Sawyer

NAS Fellow; AAHPERD Honor Fellow
Professor Emeritus of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport
Indiana State University

Dr. Sawyer is a 45-year veteran of higher education. He began as an instructor of health and physical education, has been a director of recreational sports, department head, department chair, associate athletic director, director of articulation and transfer, director of a college prison education program, executive director of regional education centers, and an interim dean of continuing education and is ending his career, by choice, as a full professor teaching sport management theory to undergraduate and graduate students.

He has written over 193 peer-reviewed articles for notable professional journals, made over 250 state, regional, national, and international presentations, and written 10 professional books and over 32 chapters in other publications. Further, he has served as a state AHPERD president (Indiana), district vice president (Midwest), association president (AAALF), chaired numerous district and national committees, editor of the Indiana AHPERD journal and newsletter, chaired the JOPERD Editorial and Policy Boards, and is a member of the AAHPERD BOG. He has been an AAHPERD member since 1964 (47 years).

Dr. Sawyer has also been active in the community, serving as a volunteer for the American Red Cross in four communities in four different states since 1964. He has been a first aid, CPR, and water safety instructor (over 30 years), a chapter board member (off and on for 30 years, chapter chairperson (off and on for eight years), chair of a state consortium (three years), chair of numerous regional committees, and currently serves as chair of the Great Lakes Region, Service Area 5, Resource Council.

Finally, Dr. Sawyer has received numerous awards for his leadership and service to the American Red Cross, YMCA, a regional alcohol and drug consortium, Council on Facilities and Equipment, Indiana AHPERD, American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, and Indiana State University. Further, he has received Caleb Mills Outstanding Teaching Award, Faculty Distinguished Service Award, and Distinguished Research and Service Award from Indiana State University and the Howard Richardson’s Outstanding Teacher/Scholar Award from the School of Health and Human Performance at Indiana State University.

Lawrence W. Judge

Larry W. Judge received a B.A. in Political Science from Indiana State University, a M.P.A. in Public Administration from Indiana State University, an M.S. in Physical Education from Indiana State University, and a Ph.D. in Education Administration from Indiana State University.

Dr. Judge currently is an Assistant Professor of Physical Education at Ball State University, IN.

His research interest include fair play in sport, facility design, and performance enhancement of athletes.

Tonya L. Sawyer

Compliance Coordinator
Indiana State University

Dr. Sawyer received her bachelor of science degree (2003) in elementary education from Saint Mary-of-the Woods College, a master of science in recreation and sport management (2009) with a concentration in sport management, and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in sport management from Indiana State University.

She currently works in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics as the NCAA Compliance Coordinator. Dr. Sawyer has serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport, as well as Athletic Academics. Dr. Sawyer has given over 10 presentations at professional conferences and authored 18 articles found in professional journals concentrating on sport management.

She is an active community member, volunteering with the local American Red Cross and United Way. Further, she was awarded the Young Professional Award by the Indiana Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.