SCI and In America Announce Joint Sports Documentary

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In America, hosted by James Earl Jones, and the Sports Conflict Institute are partnering to bring public television a fresh look at conflict in sports.

SCI is partnering with In America

This project will really give voice to why conflict in sports matters in society

High profile issues in sports always capture public attention. Recent domestic abuse, sexual assault, and bullying incidents have raised important questions about our sports culture. What lessons can we learn from these destructive incidents and how can we use sports to positively impact society? A new documentary for public television will offer fresh perspective on these issues. The production company In America, hosted by industry veteran James Earl Jones, is partnering with the Sports Conflict Institute to bring together thought leaders from around the industry to discuss challenges in competitive sports and how sports can be used to make a positive impact.

In America specializes in producing high quality programming to public television stations nationwide on a wide range of timely, public interest topics. Episodes use key subject matter experts to illuminate the pressing issues on a variety of education, health, the environment, and business topics. Past guests include former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, President George H. W. Bush, and Barbara Moser of the FBI.

“This project will really give voice to why conflict in sports matters in society,” said Joshua Gordon, Founder of SCI. “Negative incidents usually write headlines, but we want to highlight what’s being done to resolve these issues and transform sports for the better.”

In America decided to focus on issues in competitive sports in part because of recent high profile incidents of negative off field behavior from star athletes. The documentary will cover domestic abuse, sexual assault, bullying and hazing incidents, and how these issues have and should be addressed.

In addition to SCI experts, special guests for the episode will include thought leaders from all aspects of the sports industry, ranging from respected coaches, agents, athletes, scholars and public officials. These leaders have used their influence and humility to positively influence the organizations they’ve worked in and the wider industry.

“We are excited to welcome very respected leaders to the project and to work with the expert team at In America to deliver a first class documentary,” Gordon said.

The segment will be featured on public television and distributed across a wide variety of social media channels. Production is scheduled for the summer with an air date to be announced later.

About In America
In America boasts award winning producers, writers, videographers, and editors with over one hundred years of cumulative production experience. With strategic partnerships across various media distribution outlets, In America continues to produce incredible stories featuring a wide variety of topics and personalities that serves to educate and entertain the viewing audience on the latest topics and trends impacting America. By capturing the true essence of each short form documentary, the program is able to effectively educate and communicate the most crucial stories to a wide audience- both through Public Television distribution. In America is hosted by industry veteran James Earl Jones.

About SCI
SCI supports competitive goals in athletics through understanding, preventing, and resolving destructive conflict both inside and outside the lines. SCI serves as a knowledge center and provides a range of services to help ensure student-athlete experience is part of a healthy university culture while optimizing performance on and off the field of play. Conflict is inevitable, but how we respond determines whether success follows or costs mount. SCI Founder Joshua Gordon has over 20 years of conflict management experience.

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