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New book by Ball State University journalism students explores connection between sports and social justice

A recently released book – written by several Ball State University journalism students and edited by their professor – explores the connection between sports and social justice by following the lives of more than 20 athletes, coaches and sports media professionals at different stages of their career.

Dealing with social justice in sport was edited by Dr. Adam J. Kubanjournalism professor at Ball State’s College of Communication, Information and Media

(CCIM)and includes stories written by undergraduate students in Dr. Kuban’s Intermediate Program Sports reporting and writing
Classes. The writing touches on the topics of racism, gender equality, poverty, international student rights, mental health, disability, and LGBTQ+ challenges. Each chapter invites the reader to see the world through the eyes of those who have shared their personal stories. The book was published by
The press of the project face to facean imprint of The facing project.

“The Facing Project’s writing model uses empathy to inspire awareness and action,” said Dr. Kuban, a professor in CCIM’s School of Journalism and Strategic Communication. “My students interviewed the athletes, coaches, or sports media professionals featured in these chapters, learning about them and exploring their connection between social justice and their respective sport. In the spirit of empathy, my students composed these stories as if they were the storytellers, from the perspective of the first person.

“Some chapters will inspire hope and maybe even inspire change or action. Some will undoubtedly make you angry. Some might seem to end abruptly and without a satisfying conclusion,” Dr. Kuban added. “It’s just because most of these lived experiences aren’t finished yet. This book project took two years to complete, and as we’ve learned throughout that time, issues of social justice in sports are complex and emotional. It can be hard to tell it straight. But in the end, we ask you to do what the student writers did: Listen.”

Released on September 13, the book has already received praise.

Gene Policinski, founding editor of USA today
and the newspaper’s former sports editor, said: “Dealing with social justice in sport offers a unique and penetrating portrait of athletes as they reflect on important social issues of our time; this is an insightful conversation with these rare and talented contestants.

Don Yaeger, 11 times New York Times best-selling author, said, “Reading these stories has been eye-opening and instructive, and I couldn’t give this book more praise.”

Dealing with social justice in sport is available in most places where books are sold and will soon be available on Amazon, Indiebound, Powell’s, Goodreads and other sites.