Active Voice: Equity of Opportunity in Sports Leadership Recent Advancements in Hiring Coaches of Color at Top-Tier NCAA and NFL Football Programs
By Floyd Keith Share
Editor’s Note: This month, ACSM’s Sports Medicine Bulletin (SMB) has featured a special series in observance of February as Black History Month. This series has covered a broad spectrum of diversity-related issues that pertain to our members, the world’s leading sports medicine and exercise science professionals. This week, SMB is honored to present Floyd Keith’s views on equity and opportunity in the football coaching ranks and the progress being made in this important area.
Floyd Keith is the executive director of Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA), a nonprofit organization headquartered in Indianapolis. BCA’s purpose is to foster the growth and development of opportunities for ethnic minorities at all levels and in all sports, both nationally and internationally. Prior to joining BCA, Floyd Keith had a successful 30-year career in coaching. As a head football coach at the NCAA Division I level, he received three Coach of the Year awards. Since 2001, his mission at BCA has been to reduce racial inequities in American sports and society. In this time, he has twice been named Executive Director of the Year by the All-American Football Foundation and has received several other honors from national organizations. BCA’s Hiring Report Card, initiated under his administration, has brought national attention to the inequities in football head coaching positions held by African-Americans at colleges and universities and has come to be a pivotal force in advancing such coaching opportunities.
I invite you to celebrate with me a significant, positive change in the sports landscape – the equitable hiring of ethnic minorities in collegiate football.
Noteworthy steps were taken in the 2010-2011 hiring season, with nine of 28 searches leading to hiring a coach of color. Six head football coaches of color were appointed at the Football Bowl Series (FBS) level during this cycle. Four of those six were at Bowl Championship Series (BCS) schools – significant because it provides the coach an opportunity for a BCS national championship. Three head coaches were hired at the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), pushing to nine the number of coaches of color hired by NCAA Division I schools. How was this remarkable success realized? More
EIM Launches Active U Challenge for College Students
Are you the next exercise champion? Exercise is Medicine® on Campus is launching the 2011 Active U Challenge to search for the most creative, sustainable exercise program that gets its campus moving.
Programs should involve as much of the campus community as possible and should educate participants about the role of physical activity in disease prevention and treatment. Programs should also excite participants about developing lifelong exercise habits.
The winner will receive travel and accommodations for two to ACSM’s 58th Annual Meeting and 2nd World Congress on Exercise is Medicine in Denver, recognition in Sports Medicine Bulletin and the EIM newsletter, and prizes from EIM sponsors, including Anytime Fitness, Coca-Cola, EA Sports and Technogym.
Submissions must be postmarked by April 15, 2011. Visit the Exercise is Medicine on Campus website for full contest details.
Policy Corner: 100 Black Men of America Tackles Health Disparities
Achieving justice and equity requires advances on many fronts. Some, such as voting rights, fair housing and access to education and jobs, are front-of-mind issues from the early days of the civil rights movement. While troubling gaps remain, much has been achieved in these areas. Less conspicuous, but growing in awareness, are health disparities that disproportionately affect people of color. Given the importance of health to individual quality of life, to the sustainability of families and communities and to the containment of health care costs, these disparities merit close examination and determined action.
In an essay prepared for Black History Month, Lisa Gable of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation lauds the progress made by the 100 Black Men of America® organization in promoting health and wellness among African-Americans. More
Students Last Chance to Register for Travel Awards!
Deadlines are quickly approaching for several ACSM student awards – the Michael L. Pollock Memorial Fund, the Steven M. Horvath Travel Award and the Gail Butterfield Nutrition Travel Award. These awards help student members attend our Annual Meeting. Students interested in attending the 2011 Annual Meeting in Denver are welcome to apply.
An Inside Look: March 2011 Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®
Check out the March issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE), available online now. ACSM members can access the journal for free – simply log in at the ACSM website and click “My ACSM.”
MSSE Editor-in-Chief Andrew J. Young, Ph.D., FACSM offers his insights into the March issue: More
Register Now for Two Upcoming Partner Conferences
As educational opportunities are of particular importance to ACSM members, we are pleased to share information about upcoming conferences and meetings of relevance. Please mark your calendars for the following opportunities:
ACSM Recognizes Service of African-American Fellows
To conclude SMB’s month-long series in observance of February as Black History Month, ACSM would like to recognize the several African-American leaders of the College.
The following African-American Fellows have dedicated several years to the American College of Sports Medicine, and we thank them for their leadership and service. (Note: this list reflects only the Fellows who reported African-American race in 2010. There were 1,120 Fellows, likely including some African-Americans, who did not report their race last year.)
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Questions for Regina Benjamin: Doctor's Orders
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Editor’s Note: U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A. is the honorary chair of Exercise is Medicine.
As the United States surgeon general, you just released a report on tobacco smoke that claims, not completely convincingly, that one puff of one cigarette can trigger inflammation and a fatal heart attack. Is that intended as a slogan?
Well, it’s more than a slogan. The scientific basis is that tobacco smoke is a toxic mix of more than 7,000 chemicals and chemical compounds. When you inhale the smoke, the chemicals can reach your lungs very quickly and enter the bloodstream. Whether it’s secondhand smoke or if it’s from a cigarette, it damages the lining of the blood vessels; it makes your blood more likely to clot.
As the nation’s chief health educator, have you ordered President Obama to quit smoking?
I cannot order the president. However, because he’s been trying really hard, I encourage him to keep it up. I want to encourage him and other people to quit because we tend to villainize them, and it’s not always their fault. More
Strength Training Does More Than Bulk Up Muscles
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Strength training has strong-armed its way beyond the realm of bodybuilding.
A growing body of research shows that working out with weights has health benefits beyond simply bulking up one's muscles and strengthening bones. Studies are finding that more lean muscle mass may allow kidney dialysis patients to live longer, give older people better cognitive function, reduce depression, boost good cholesterol, lessen the swelling and discomfort of lymphedema after breast cancer and help lower the risk of diabetes. More