Posts Tagged ‘Kurt David’

Conference Highlight

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

One of the highlights of the Sports and Society conference was to hear two of our ISPA superstars speak, Dr. Chris Stout and Kurt David. With these two speakers along with Justin Mayer, Executive Director of ISPA, Andrew Teunis, Director of Development of ISPA and myself, Dr. John Mayer, President of ISPA, the International Sports Professionals Association had a very strong showing of professionals speaking at this inaugural conference.

More and more ISPA is taking Paul Tagliabue’s call for sports leadership and standing out in the forefront of sports. We have several exciting programs we are going to roll out in the coming months.

Dr. John E. Mayer, President-the International Sports Professionals Association-ISPA

Kurt A. David Receives Diplomate Credential

Friday, June 4th, 2010

While we were at the Sports and Society Conference in De Pere, Wisconsin we met up with fellow ISPA Credentialed Professional Kurt A. David.  When the ISPA told Kurt about this prestigious conference, he immediately decided to present at the conference.

The ISPA felt it would be a great time to honor Kurt’s many achievements in sports counseling by recognizing him as a Diplomate within the ISPA. Diplomate is the highest status one can reach in their field. Diplomate status is only given to a few select individuals whom have reached the pinnacle in their field. Furthermore, to be considered for Diplomate status you must exhibit great passion for sports. After spending time with Kurt it is very clear that he is not only an accomplished professional but also a passionate individual. We are honored to have Kurt A. David as an ISPA Diplomate. For more information on Kurt visit: www.fromglorydays.com

ISPA Participating an Exciting Conference!

Monday, May 10th, 2010

May 26-28 at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI.

ISPA is participating in an exciting conference, “A Mirror Of Our Culture: Sport and Society in America” May 26-28 at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. Dr. Mayer will be presenting on multiple topics. (Link to conference: https://www.snc.edu/sportandsociety/schedule.html). We encourage you to look at the link, and if any ISPA professionals would like to co-present with ISPA, please contact Justin Mayer at Justin@thesportsprofessionals.com ASAP. General registration opens on February 1st.

“A Mirror of Our Culture: Sport and Society in America” is a distinctive, intimate, and affordable three-day event that provides opportunities for sports academics and professionals working in sports-related fields to network and to share their expertise about American sports. The conference will cover the following issues:

•        Economic Issues in Sports

•        Sports History

•        Amateur and College Athletics

•        The Business of Sports

•        The Sociology of Sports

•        Sports and Education

•        Sports Communications

•        Sports and Race

The conference includes a number of elements meant to create a unique experience for all those who participate and attend. Paul Tagliabue, former Commissioner (CEO) of the National Football League, and Carl Vogel, Partner of SCP Worldwide, will give major addresses offering their perspective on “Sports in America” and “The Future of American Sports.” Dr. Robert Kustra, President of Boise State University, will be presenting “Modern College Athletics: A View from the Top.” Also, Kevin B. Blackistone of ESPN’s “Around the Horn” and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland will be speaking on “Race and Sports in America.” Academics and practitioners will be able to network with each other and to give and hear papers and presentations on a wide range topics related to American sports.

The conference will also include a gallery exhibition of the finest American sports photography, and a juried festival of sports-themed films and videos.

Publish or Perish

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Many professionals are desperate to find outlets for their publishing needs. I hope you remember that the ISPA has a publishing division that can serve as such an outlet. Whether it is a book or monograph or a CEU course, consider publishing with ISPA/NP2 Publishing and reach a global audience. Details are provided inside the web site.

Dr. John E. Mayer, President

Let’s Rally ‘Round Antoine Walker

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

The media has been reporting several personal difficulties for former professional basketball player Antoine Walker. Reportedly he owes $900,000.00 to a casino and the Chicago Sun-Times has been reporting his ownership of “slum houses” in Chicago. So run down are these houses that one has a basement filled with feces from a broken sewage pipe. I personally have a number of colleagues around Chicago who know Mr. Walker (He grew up in Chicago.). Many of them characterize him as having a huge “entitlement” attitude. Now before you jump to the conclusion that this piece will be yet another blast on Mr. Walker, stop, I say we need to rally around an athlete in this condition. In fact, one of our ISPA professionals, Kurt David, specializes in helping athletes in the twilight of their careers. Helping athletes cope with life’s pressures is exactly what ISPA is about. Credentialed professionals assisting athletes in and out of the arenas and fields of play. Antoine Walker’s plight is another call for us to band together and rally for these athletes, not condemn them or even shake our heads and walk away.

We build sports careers at ISPA. Look into joining our legion of qualified professionals.

Dr. John E. Mayer, President, ISPA

College Athletes and Injuries

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

There is a great piece written in today’s New York Times, Thursday, July 16, 2009, by Kristiana Peterson on college athletes and what happens when they are injured. Ever wonder who pays for their medical care? What are the costs? What colleges do the best job at caring for their athletes? What are the horror stories? Read this thorough and insightful article. Congratulations to Kristiana on a great and needed article.

This reminds me of the great work one of our ISPA members concentrates on. Kurt David, (His book, Of Glory Days) is passionate about athletes after their playing days are over. Check out his work.

Dr. John Mayer, President

ISPA- The International Sports Professionals Association

ISPA Members in the Media

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

More ISPA Members featured in the Media

Kurt David an ISPA member has become the host of a new cable television show called, ‘From Glory Days’  based on the theme of his excellent book of the same name. To see how you can tune into his show go to Kurt’s web site, www.fromglorydays.com and check out the TV show and his book signings. His book is an excellent resource on athletes and what happens after their playing days. Extremely useful for all those working in the field of sports.

Dr. John Mayer was featured in two episodes of the cable television series, Escaped! on the Discovery Investigative Channel. Episode # 3 in the series, titled Torture in Suburbia aired on April 28, 2009 and Episode #6, titled Lost at Sea aired May 18, 2009. Check your local listings for replays of these shows.