The Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit that protects, preserves and enhances the future of Rose Bowl Stadium, celebrated the first anniversary of the launch of the Rose Bowl Institute on Tuesday.
The Foundation said that in its first year, the Institute strived to uphold sportsmanship, leadership and citizenship. Through its various educational programs, focused dialogues and awards, the Institute “harnesses the power of sport to unite people everywhere.”
Thanks to the generosity of a growing base of national donors, the Institute has provided viewers and participants with free programming that supports and strengthens all members of society. These include panels on running and sports, a symposium on women’s empowerment and a session on managing college athletics during the pandemic.
“The Institute is proud to have made an impact on so many people so soon after our launch,” said Institute President Charlie Firestone. “It was an exciting start to an ambitious program aimed at moving people from a win-at-any-cost mentality to a sportsmanship mentality.”
The Institute’s Advisory Board, made up of 44 sports, media, civic and business leaders, both advised and participated in the Institute’s activities. Board members included Ronnie Lott, Ann Meyers Drysdale, JC Watts, Billie Jean King, Dick Vermeil, Jessica Mendoza, Eric Dickerson, Cobi Jones, Stan Kasten, Baron Davis, Brandi Chastain, Julie Foudy and others.
The Foundation said the Institute has also developed key partnerships across the United States with the National Constitution Center, the Ross Institute of Sports and Equality (RISE), the Center for MEMES at UCLA at Anderson School. of Management, the USC Annenberg Center for Communications Leadership & Policy, the Christina Mauser Foundation and the Albright Institute at Wellesley College.
Launched in the midst of a global pandemic, the Institute embraced the virtual world to engage a digital audience when it launched. The RBi’s first program, in August 2020, launched its Dialogue on Race and Sport, focusing on the legacy of Jackie Robinson from Pasadena.
Subsequent panels addressed the collective activism of athletes and the state of the race in sport.
The Foundation said that in the next in the series, scheduled for September 2021, the Dialogue will address Latinos in sport and honor the legacy of football star, businessman, civil rights and humanitarian leader Daniel. Villanueva, Sr.
Last September, the Rose Bowl Institute executed another flagship program platform, its Women’s Empowerment Symposium, which served 1,100 registered participants from 33 states and 7 countries, covering six hours over a three-day period. The symposium brought together leading speakers such as actress Sophia Bush, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and football stars Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain.
The pandemic environment also prompted an RBi program panel for intercollegiate athletics administrators to share the challenges of operating their programs in health-sensitive circumstances that have impacted campuses and student-athletes. Across the country.
In addition to the programming that the Institute has accomplished over the past year, it has also awarded several scholarships and prizes to young people in support of their continuing education. Thanks to the generosity of its donors, the Institute awarded scholarships through its Women’s Empowerment Symposium platform and through its partnership with the Christina Mauser Foundation.
This spring, the Institute awarded its first Rose Bowl Sportsmanship Initiative (ROSI) award. A committee of RBi Advisory Board members and civic leaders presented the award to a deserving Pasadena High School football player who most exemplified sportsmanship at the annual Turkey Tussle. The Tussle is a 73-year-old traditional rivalry soccer game at America’s Stadium between Pasadena High School and Jackie Robinson’s alma mater, John Muir High School.
“It’s heartwarming to see young athletes competing with all of their courage and skill while respecting the game and their opponents,” said Dr Jen Welter, the first female professional football coach and RBi advisory board member who participated in the selection committee. for the price. “This award marks the start of a great tradition for RBi to recognize the importance of fair play in all sports.”
The Rose Bowl Institute is currently planning its third annual Women’s Empowerment Symposium to be broadcast September 15-17, an ongoing series of dialogues on race and sport, and a series of private panel discussions it calls Rose Table Dialogues. . Future plans call for a “Sportsmanship in Schools” program, a podcast, as well as the continuation and growth of the Rose Bowl Sportsmanship Initiative (ROSI) which will recognize, encourage and reward exceptional acts of sportsmanship.
“We plan to send athletes to schools to talk about sportsmanship and its analogies to citizenship,” said Lauren Hall, program director of the Institute. “We will be holding a sportsmanship story competition and potentially awarding ROSI prizes for outstanding sportsmanship at all levels of men’s and women’s sports. And we will have Rose Table Dialogues between sports commentators and journalists to see how sportsmanship can be more visible to the public.
“We are delighted that the Rose Bowl Institute is launched with such an outstanding team,” said Darryl Dunn, CEO of Rose Bowl Stadium. “The Rose Bowl is not only a place of legendary sporting moments, but also a sanctuary of incredible sporting values. The Rose Bowl Institute will reflect and celebrate the essence of the Rose Bowl as we look to celebrate our centennial in 2022. ”
“As Nelson Mandela observed, ‘sport has the power to change the world,’” added Dedan Brozino, director of development for the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation. “This is what we intend to do with this institute: apply positive sporting values to civil society.
For more information visit www.rosebowlinstitute.org.