ROSE BOWL LAUNCHES THINK TANK FOCUSED ON SPORTSMANSHIP
SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE– The Rose Bowl is expanding its status as a cultural touchstone of Pasadena with a new nonprofit think tank, the Rose Bowl Institute, which “will champion sportsmanship and leverage the power of sports to unite people everywhere,” according to a Wednesday news release.
“Using the iconic stadium as a classroom, with a wide digital footprint and ‘sister cities’ around the nation, the Institute will engage civic and business leaders, athletes, sportscasters, journalists, children and noteworthy panelists to highlight sports values and their impact on the broader society,” it says.
Its first event will be a three-part dialogue, aptly titled “Race & Sports,” beginning with a conversation on Thursday, Aug. 13 with Sharon Robinson, daughter the legendary Jackie Robinson, a Pasadenan and the first African American professional baseball player, according to the group’s website and the news release.
The panel will also include Taylor Branch, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author famed for his civil rights era writings, as well as former professional soccer player Cobi Jones alongside former NFL player Ronnie Lott, who is in the league’s hall of fame.
That’s going to be followed by the “Women’s Empowerment Symposium” from Sept. 16 to Sept. 18 with Madeleine Albright as a keynote speaker, the country’s first female Secretary of State.
According to the release, the Rose Bowl Institute will be helmed by Charlie Firestone, a former vice president of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan and nonprofit think tank based in Washington, D.C.
“This is the right organization, created at the right time, to address critical issues of sports values relevant to our democracy,” Firestone said in the release. “Sportsmanship incorporates appreciation for the game, respect for the opponent, fair play and teamwork. All of those pertain to the vital role that citizens play in our society today.
“We are nonpartisan but not value-neutral. We will work for integrity, inclusion, equity, and fairness in sports and beyond.”
The think tank was launched by both the stadium as well as its nonprofit counterpart, the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, which has been a key fundraising venture for stadium improvements “and now, educational programming through the Rose Bowl Institute,” the release says.
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