Tom Farrey, author of "Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children" (2008, ESPN Books/Hyperion) and a veteran journalist, leads the Sports & Society Program. Farrey's work over the years has explored the connections between sports and society - in education, globalization, technology, race, poverty and ethics, among other areas. His cross-platform work with ESPN's Outside the Lines has won many national awards, including two Emmys for Outstanding Sports Journalism, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and in 2014, ESPN's first-ever Alfred I. duPont/Columbia University Award, one of the highest honors in journalism. He created the vision for the Sports & Society program in 2011 and Project Play in 2013. He can be followed on Twitter at @TomFarrey.
Risa Isard joined the Sports & Society Program in June 2014 and is co-author of the physical literacy report. Prior to her role at the Institute, she served as the community relations coordinator for the Fresno Grizzlies, then the Triple-A Affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Isard graduated cum laude from Duke University with a specialized degree in "Social Change at the Intersection of Culture, Gender, and Sports." She also received honors for her thesis titled "Towards a Level Playing Field: The Faces and Forces Behind Title IX and Women's Educational Equality, 1969-1975." A long-time advocate of using sports as a platform for social change, Risa has been published on espnW and Generation W. She can be followed at @RisaLovesSports.
Andre Fountain joined the Sports & Society Program as a project coordinator in October 2016. He is responsible for the execution of Project Play: Baltimore. Andre believes in using the power of sports to capture hearts, challenge minds, and change lives in a positive way. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, he has a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from Virginia State University. He also earned his master’s degrees in business administration and sport business management from the renowned DeVos Sport Business Management Program of the University of Central Florida.