Tag Archives: Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism

Povich Center’s Kevin Blackistone Remembers Nelson Mandela

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The world is mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela – who died yesterday (DEC. 5, 2013) in South Africa following a long illness. Merrill College Visiting Professor Kevin Blackistone (Povich Center for Sports Journalism) covered Mandela’s visit to the U.S. in 1990 and spent three weeks in South Africa for the World Cup in 2010.

He is a regular guest on “The Sports Reporters with Andy Pollin” on ESPN Sportstalk 570 in Washington, D.C. and spoke at length today (Dec. 6, 2013) about Mandela:

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We’ve also created a Storify about Mandela’s visit to the University of Maryland in November, 2001 – just two month’s after 9/11.

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Povich Center Symposium Looks at Maryland’s Move to the Big Ten

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Jim Delany, Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, and Kevin Anderson, Director of Athletics for the University of Maryland headline the eighth annual Shirley Povich Symposium on Nov. 5. “Maryland to the Big Ten: Charting the Future, Remembering the Past” starts at 7 p.m. in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union on the University of Maryland campus. Admission is free.

Joining Delany and Anderson are Bonnie Bernstein ’92, Vice President of Content and Brand Development for “Campus Insiders,” Tom McMillen ’74, Chairman and CEO of Timios National Corporation and former University of Maryland and NBA basketball player and Scott Van Pelt, commentator and reporter at ESPN on television and radio.

Television host Maury Povich, son of the late Washington Post columnist Shirley Povich for whom the symposium is named, will moderate.

University President Wallace Loh announced that UMD would be moving to the Big Ten Conference in November 2012. It’s been a major subject of discussion ever since.

“Maryland moving to the Big Ten in 2014 is a huge story that impacts every aspect of the university and will dominate the course of Maryland athletics in the future,” said George Solomon, Director of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism.

“Having Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany and University of Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson discussing the move, with Povich Symposium moderator Maury Povich and panelists Tom McMillen, Bonnie Bernstein and Scott Van Pelt, should generate a vibrant discussion that will interest the university and entire community.”

The event is free and open to the public.

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About the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism:

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland is a resource for journalists, academics and the public who want to explore the complex role of sports in society. The Center is led by its director, George Solomon, who was assistant managing editor for sports at the Washington Post from 1975-2003.

For more information contact:
Dave Ottalini
Senior Communications Manager
Philip Merrill College of Journalism
(W) 301-405-1321; (M) 301-385-0907

Povich Center Announces Sam Lacy-Wendell Smith Award


COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism announces the creation of The Sam Lacy-Wendell Smith Award to be presented annually in conjunction with the Shirley Povich Symposium. The award will go to a sports journalist or broadcaster who has made significant contributions to racial and gender equality in sports.

“All someone has to do to see how important Pittsburgh Courier sportswriter Wendell Smith was to Jackie Robinson integrating Major League Baseball is to see the movie, ‘42,’” said Povich Center Director George Solomon. “And Baltimore Afro American columnist Sam Lacy was just as important. Both men worked tirelessly over the years–writing, lobbying and cajoling MLB’s owners, many of them resistant, into trying to see the importance of integration to the future of not only the sport of baseball but to the country.”

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