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Richard Lapchick, Dir of Northeastern Univ.'s Center for the Study of Sport in Society, joined with Northeastern Univ. President Richard Freeland and Walt Disney World Sports VP Reggie Williams to announce the opening of a Sport in Society office at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL. Lapchick will use the new location as his base of operations. He will work one week a month and two months during the summer at the headquarters in Boston. The vast majority of the staff will continue to operate from the Boston location (Sport in Society). In a conference call, Lapchick said that the new center would "look at what the needs are in the Orlando area, look at what types of things that Walt Disney World Sports would like to have for some of their athletes" and for "young people in the Orlando area in general." Lapchick: "I think our most proven programs have been Project Teamwork and MVP [Mentors in Violence Prevention], and we are very interested in expanding those programs down here" (THE DAILY).
In a cover story entitled "Are Pro Sports Bad for Black America?," U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT's John Simons addresses whether African-Americans "suffer as a result" of their "dominant presence" in professional sports. Although the achievements of black athletes have been significant, Simons notes that the "relatively small, elite class" of wealthy black athletes and the media and advertisers "who feed on them -- have created the impression among lower-income blacks that there are unlimited opportunities" in pro sports. As a result, many young black men have an "obsession with sports ... often at the expense of the more traditional, if less glamorous, route to upward mobility: education" (U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, 3/24 issue).