Our next SSI Huddle will feature Doug Ulman of the Pelotonia.

Welcome to the Sports and Society Initiative

The Sports and Society Initiative at Ohio State is devoted to the development of a better understanding of the role of amateur and professional sports in the economy and society at large. Its goal is to promote high quality research related to issues of societal concern in sports at all levels through research grants, undergraduate and graduate training and internships, the sponsorship of conferences and interaction with policy makers in sports and related industries.

Accessibility for all
Sports & Society was honored to welcome this amazing group to talk “Athletes and Accessibility,” Oct. 26 at Ohio State. Pictured from left are: Tony Collins, Columbus Recreation & Parks; Dr. Philip Veliz, University of Michigan; James Tompsett, OSU Sociology graduate student; Jaine Van Putten, former OSU gymnast; Mary Kate Bunstine, USA Sled Hockey athlete; Chris “Beanie” Wells, Ohio State football legend and 97.1 radio personality; and JR Rathjens, supervisor, OSU intramural and sports groups.


The Ohio State University Sports and Society Initiative hosted a public panel discussion on the role of athletic activism in social change on April 20, 2017.

Be sure to check out the bonus features from the Athletic Activism Panel.