Sporting Geography comes in many forms.

I recently read a fantastic Op-Ed article by John Mercer (Syracuse University) and Euan Hague (DePaul University) titled, "The Fixity and Fluidity of National Identities in Men's Professional Soccer".  The article was published in the December 2011 Newsletter for AAG.

Obviously, soccer (football, fútbol) is the common sport we turn to when we marry the study of geography within the arena of sports.  But as we dive deeper, we see the emergence of other studies (cultural, environmental, temporal) among different sports.

Motivated and inspired by International Mapping, <image above> I completed a final collegiate cartography project on Major League Baseball and their Minor League Affiliates (PortfolioMLB & MiLB Cartography Final).  I consider this my first legitimate piece of my mapping portfolio.

Thanks to my professors (especially prof. Jim Meachem) for their guidance and leadership while I was cloudily interested between two majors at the University of Oregon (Sports Business Marketing & Technological Science of Geography).  

Now it's 2012, almost three years beyond graduation.  Here is where I share my affinity for Sporting Geography and the details of their non-profit organization.  Sporting Geography is an educational program that offers a motivational way for students to learn while having fun. The program helps children learn geography, history and math at the elementary and middle school level. It is targeted for children ages 8-13, specifically in grades four through eight. SPORTING GEOGRAPHY materials provide teachers with a connection to a current event while complementing their curriculum objectives.

Our mission is to promote, support, and further the study of geography; to inform school age children of the opportunities and advantages of higher education; and to promote the importance of education in athletics by using sports as the subject of study.

I want to work (at least part-time) for Sporting Geography.  I sent them a detailed e-mail a couple of weeks ago and didn't hear anything in return.  I believe there is so much potential for our future generations to grow academically in Geography using this methodology. If anyone can help me connect with the leaders of Sporting Geography, that would be appreciated. Located in the St. Louis area, I figure I could help remotely.

In relationship to Sporting Geography's mission, I met many members of National Geographic's Education Team (@NatGeoEducation)  at the AAG conference in New York City.  Their effort is to "Speak Up For Geography" and support the TGIF Act (Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act).  We all know what happened in the Miss Teen America pageant where Miss Teen South Carolina became a laughing-stock because of her poor geography skills.  Conclusion: AMERICAN CHILDREN AREN'T BEING TAUGHT GEOGRAPHY.


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