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  • LAPCHICK TO OPEN BRANCH AT DISNEY WORLD

              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).
    
    

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  • U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT PROFILES BLACKS AND PRO SPROTS

              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).
    
    

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