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July 31, 2020
Sports Day at Baghdad High School, April 1961. Pearl ID: 116222.

Of the many, many, many adjustments to the world in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, one activity that unites people around the world and provides a sense of normalcy is sports. The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan were originally scheduled for July 24-August 9, 2020. Although the International Olympic Committee has responsibly...

August 17, 2016

Despite controversy in the lead-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, international participation in the Games is robust. A few athletes have stayed home to avoid contracting Zika, and a large segment of the Russian team has been banned for doping violations, but no country has withdrawn its entire team.

Eighty years ago, participation in the 1936 Summer Olympics, held in Berlin, was much less certain. The International Olympic Committee awarded the Games to Berlin in 1931, two years before the Nazi Party came to power in Germany. Hosting the games provided the Nazi government the...

March 11, 2014
“Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.” Joel 2:28, NRSV
Though the Reverend Dr. James Naismith, inventor of Basket Ball, passed away long before anyone referred to the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournaments as “March Madness,” it seems likely he would have enjoyed our nationwide party of college hoops. Dr. Naismith was not just “a medical doctor, Presbyterian Minister…and owner of a vocabulary without cuss words,” as his friend, the legendary football coach Amos Alonzo Stagg, once wrote....
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