Great article as always !
- Anonymity. Many young girls are playing on-line games using masculine usernames because they are tired of being treated as tourists. When we use masculine pronouns to make general statements about sport, we are unintentionally gendering sport. If you start paying attention, you will notice that this occurs constantly in sport (and even in recent books about sport wink). We need to actively provide ways for genders other than traditional masculinity to be important agents in sport.
- Worlds to explore. Video game designers create worlds than can be explored infinity. This is a good way to think about how to organize and structure sport. Video game designers are perfectly comfortable knowing that game players will become more knowledgeable about the game than they are. They build this possibility into the games's code. We need to start coding sport so that it can be played in ways that we have not already discovered. That is, we need to build indeterminacy into sport.
Keep up the good work, I really think your (and others with similar messages) are starting to have an impact.
- Changing the Game ProjectFounder, 2012 - present
- O'Sullivan Brothers, Inc.CEO, 2011 - 2012
- Oregon Rush Soccer ClubExecutive Director, 2006 - 2012
John started the Changing the Game Project in 2012 after two decades as a soccer player and coach on the youth, high school, college and professional level. He brings to the table a wealth of practical, hands on knowledge garnered through years of working with players and their families on sport specific development, fitness and nutrition, college recruiting, and most importantly, nurturing positive, healthy, and supportive relationships between parents and their young athletes. He has complied much of this information in his new book Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes, and Giving Youth Sports Back to our Kids.
Originally from New York, John is a 1994 graduate of Fordham University, where he was a team captain as a senior, and a member of the 1990 Patriot League Championship team. After a stint playing professionally for the Wilmington (NC) Hammerheads of the USL, John began his coaching career as the Varsity Boys Soccer Coach at Cardinal Gibbons HS in Raleigh, NC. He then moved on to become the Assistant Men’s and Women’s Soccer Coach at the University of Vermont, before delving into the world of youth club soccer. Since that time, John has worked as a Director of Coaching for Nordic Spirit SC (Vt), Ann Arbor Youth Soccer Association (MI) and most recently as the Executive Director of Oregon Rush Soccer Club in Bend, OR. He is currently the Central Oregon Regional Training Center Director for the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer. He holds his USSF A License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, and US Youth Soccer National Youth Coaching License.
John received his BA in History from Fordham University, and his Masters in History from the University of Vermont. He resides in beautiful Bend, OR, with his wife, Dr Lauren O’Sullivan, and two wonderful children and aspiring young athletes: Maggie Shea, age 7, and Tiernan, age 5.
- Fordham UniversityBA History and Communications, 1990 - 1994
- University of VermontMA US Foreign Policy and Holocaust Studies, 1999 - 2003
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