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“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.” 

Nelson Mandela

Why Create The Center for Sport?

Athletes have captured the world’s collective imagination throughout history.  Now more than ever before, sport’s common thread unites people across the globe and in every culture -- from the Olympics to World Cup Soccer to the Super Bowl.  The competitive spirit, the pushing of physical and emotional limits, and the perseverance needed to be a champion are universally admired regardless of the sport or level of play.  The benefits of sport extend beyond uniting the collective consciousness for competition’s sake.  Its wide-ranging effects are well documented:  participation in sport enhances health and academic achievement, improves mental health, supports family life, boosts the economy and instills civic pride.

Much like sport’s ability to cross international boundaries and bring people together, sport is uniquely situated to bring together academic disciplines.  Every academic discipline can be applied to sport, and sport offers the opportunity for each academic discipline to gain a deeper understanding of their respective fields.

Yet along with these advantages and opportunities comes special challenges for athletes.  The risk of career-ending or life-changing injury is ever present for athletes at all levels.  Finances and public image can be a liability if sound advice and expert guidance are not obtained early.  Tulane is the only university in the country focusing on all of the challenges that can stand in the way of fulfilling careers and successful lives for athletes at every level of play. 

The Center for Sport will draw on the university’s wide-ranging expertise and experience to serve athletes, future sports professionals, and society.

Why Tulane University?

Basing the Center for Sport at Tulane provides several unique benefits. First, because Tulane is a nationally ranked research university, it has the resources to provide trustworthy, unbiased care and advice to athletes, leagues, and other stakeholders supported by its sports medicine, business, law, and mental health experts. Second, the research capabilities of the university’s experts and facilities create the opportunity to conduct sophisticated, world-class research about the problems facing athletes. Finally, Tulane’s extensive alumni network and reputation in the sports industry will enable the Center for Sport to work with top individuals in the industry to solve problems as well as continue to place students in positions throughout sports. This exceptional synergy will help today’s athletes face their special challenges as they transition into and out of professional sports and will benefit the athletes of tomorrow at every level of play

Why New Orleans?

Tulane University’s location in New Orleans places the Center for Sport in a premier sports destination that embraces its own professional teams and hosts the biggest sporting events in the country, including, ten Super Bowls, eight NCAA Final Fours, three BCS National Championship games, and three NBA All-Star games. New Orleans is home to a sports culture backed by a deeply-ingrained belief in enjoying life to its fullest. The Center for Sport’s home at a renowned research institution in a sports destination city exclusively positions it to provide unparalleled opportunities for athletes, students, and the community today and well into the future.

There is no other city in the country quite like New Orleans, and its sports culture is unrivaled.  Home to Super Bowls, Final Fours, and All-Star games, the Big Easy has a rich and vibrant history as a sports town.  The plethora of major sporting events hosted every year in New Orleans combined with the professional and collegiate teams that call the city home provides the Center for Sport with tremendous opportunities to learn from and work with leading minds in the sports industry.

  • More Super Bowls have been played at the Superdome than at any other sports facility. In total, New Orleans has hosted 10 Super Bowls.
  • The Superdome has also hosted five NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Fours and three NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Fours.  The Final Four will return to New Orleans in 2022.
  • New Orleans has been home to the annual Sugar Bowl since 1935. Originally played at Tulane Stadium, it has been played in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome since 1975.
  • New Orleans was home to four BCS National Championship Games and will host the College Football Playoff National Championship game in 2020.
  • The NBA All-Star Game was held in New Orleans in 2008, 2014, and 2017.
  • New Orleans is also home to WWE WrestlMania events, PGA Tournaments, three professional sports teams, and seven collegiate athletic programs.