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ERIC Number: ED381526
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr-1
Pages: 24
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Sport Heroes in Congress.
Corbett, Doris R.
This paper reports the findings of a study of the role of sports in the lives of U.S. Congressmen and focuses attention on six gifted athletes for whom sports provided preparation for government service. The word "hero" as used in this paper refers to former members of Congress who were admired for their athletic prowess and for their political careers and successes. They participated in sport at the elementary, secondary, and collegiate levels and at amateur, professional, and Olympic levels. The paper argues that the attributes of leadership and teamwork learned from sports can be carried over to successful careers in business, the professions, and public service. It is noted that no women are represented among the heroes because of the historical underrepresentation of women in Congress and the male domination of sports. A description of the research lists the 12 congressmen surveyed for the project and briefly describes the results of an additional survey of women senators and representatives that solicited information on their participation in competitive sports. Many of the women surveyed placed a high value on athletics and sports competition. The bulk of the paper is devoted to profiles of Gerald R. Ford, Jack French Kemp, Robert Bruce Mathias, Charles Thomas McMillen, Ralph H. Metcalfe, and Wilmer David "Vinegar Bend" Mizell. Appended are figures showing the educational value of sport as perceived by the sport heroes of Congress. (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Congress; Heroes
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (Portland, OR, March 28-April 1, 1995).