This workshop is based on viewing and discussing the video, “Not Just a Game: Power, Politics and American Sports.” Participants will learn how American sports have been at the center of some major political debates and struggles of our time. It begins with how sports have glamorized militarism, racism, sexism, and homophobia and then looks at rebel athletes who stood up to power and fought for social justice beyond the field of play. Some historical information on Virginia Tech athletes, as well as current athletes who continue to make political statements, will also be presented.


When you’ve completed this module, you will:

  • Learn how American sports have been at the center of political debates and how they have glamorized militarism, racism, sexism, and homophobia.
  • Recognize how American sports have helped shape cultural attitudes, norms, and power structures.
  • Understand the powerful sacrifices some athletes have made to improve the lives of others.
  • Engage in meaningful conversations about the history and current political nature of sports in America.


If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, contact University Organizational and Professional Development or call 540-231-5100 during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event. Additional advance notice may be required, depending on the type of program and the time necessary to secure the requested accommodation(s).

Time and Location

Apr. 24
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
North End Center


Free, but space is limited.
All no-shows will be charged a $35 maintenance fee. Review the full cancellation policy.

Certificate Available

This course can be used to meet elective requirements for any Diversity Development Certificate.