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‘Paradoxical’ social media presents challenges, opportunities for youth coaches, Neumann professor says

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ASTON, Pa. – Social media is a force in our society, particularly among young people, and coaches and administrators who interact with them on a regular basis need to know how to make the online activity positive and handle what can be sticky situations, a Neumann University professor said earlier this month.

Margaret C. Stewart, who teaches communication and media arts, led a session on “The Good Use of Social Networks” at the Soul of Youth Sport conference, which was sponsored by the National Catholic Education Association and held at Neumann from June 15-17. She told approximately two dozen coaches and administrators about the “paradoxical” nature of social media — online platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can be used for such positive purposes, but also may be very detrimental. Read more »

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NCEA conference will address ethical, spiritual issues in youth sports

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ASTON, Pa. – There is still time for youth coaches, parents and sports administrators to register for the Soul of Youth Sport Conference, which is being held this Sunday-Tuesday at Neumann University in Aston, Pa. The National Catholic Education Association is sponsoring the conference.

According to the NCEA, the conference approaches Catholic secondary school athletics “with a focus on how to maintain an excellent athletic program while supporting and enhancing the overall mission of the school.” It will focus on student and team spiritual formation, common respect athletes should show one another, and how to build programs that are examples of ethical as well as athletic excellence.

More information about the conference and how to register are available at www.ncea.org/events/soul-youth-sport-conference.

Anthony Gargano, the midday host on Philadelphia sports talk radio station 94 WIP, will give the keynote address Sunday evening at the Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development at Neumann. Sessions on Monday and Tuesday include topics such as achieving athletic success with honor, legal issues and sports, mission-driven hiring, concussion management and heat acclimatization, dealing with parents, college recruiting and using social networks.

Haley Scott DeMaria will deliver the capstone address, “Swimming Back from Paralysis,” on Tuesday. DeMaria was injured in a bus accident in 1992 when she was a freshman member of the women’s swimming team at Notre Dame University. Two teammates were killed, and DeMaria was injured and unable to walk for a month. She returned to the swim team in the fall of 1993.

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Spirituality an important part of Neumann counseling course

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By Mike Lang

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ASTON, Pa. — Although she is not Catholic, Georgette Hall-Peterson appreciates how the Franciscan charism permeates the pastoral care and counseling program at Neumann University.

“The Franciscan way of living and way of relating to each other is paramount. You see it reflected all through the program,” said Hall-Peterson, an adjunct professor in the graduate school of pastoral counseling at Neumann.

Hall-Peterson teaches a course in marriage and family counseling, which includes couples, premarital and family therapy. She said she has not seen the spiritual aspect of therapy integrated into the program at other schools, but she likes that about Neumann.
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