Sports are more than a game—they can provide role models, instill values, and provide wonder and inspiration. And kids are the prime participants, with a whopping 45 million American children playing in organized sports each year.
But is there a cost to a child watching or playing sports? The NFL concussion scandal, athlete drug abuse, controversies over protesting the national anthem, lack of pay for college athletes, domestic violence, and other issues are forcing adults to navigate some tough conversations with their children.
Drawing from sociology, philosophy, and years of studying, coaching, and playing sports, professor Eric Davis explores their deeper themes. Davis dives into recent sports scandals to understand our relationship to the games we love, and examines the impact, both positive and negative, sports might have on the next generation.
This talk is presented in conjunction with the Smithsonian traveling exhibit “Hometown Teams” touring nine Washington State museums from 2019-2020.
“Professor E” Eric Davis is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Program Chair for the Cultural & Ethnic Studies (CES) Department at Bellevue College. Davis served as an academic adviser in the UW Athletic Department from 2004-2009. A former college student-athlete himself, Eric earned a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a Master’s degree from Seattle University.
Davis lives in Auburn.
The Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Washington via the Office of the Secretary of State, the Satterberg Foundation, the Women’s History Consortium, The Boeing Company, the Norcliffe Foundation, and generous contributions from other businesses, foundations, and individuals.