Sports Culture

Values to Last a Lifetime

For all his love of philosophy and his focus on Academics First, Myles Brand was a sports fan through and through. He grew up playing basketball and running track, which he fondly recalled as some of his best memories of high school. And more than anything, he loved how athletics was a place for student-athletes to grow, learn, and find their own community of like-minded friends.

Brand often spoke about the underlying values of college sports. As he saw it, the role of athletics in education was to enrich the college experience while teaching essential life skills that could only be learned outside the classroom. Sports gave student-athletes the opportunity to gain experience growing as a person and learning values like leadership, teamwork, sportsmanship, and diligence.

Because of his love of sports, Brand was all the more determined to ensure that intercollegiate athletics stayed as fair, fun, and free of commercialism as possible. He believed that the values of college sports were at the core of the NCAA’s mission, and he wanted to protect the student-athletes’ ability to participate in athletics without sacrificing their education. After all, most student-athletes would not become professional athletes—and Brand believed it was foolish to pretend differently. But every student-athlete had the right to learn and grow through sports, like so many had before them.

Brand’s excitement for athletics was not always obvious in his formal speeches, but his genuine enthusiasm for the game is more than evident in his podcast episodes, where he often spoke passionately about the joy and beauty of sports.

Sports Culture

Mondays with Myles: Episode 33 – NIT Basketball

November 13, 2006

Mondays with Myles: Episode 35 – Football Championships

December 4, 2006

Mondays with Myles: Episode 36 – Youth Basketball

December 11, 2006

“In All, Fairness,” NCAA State of the Association delivered at 2007 NCAA Convention

January 1, 2007

“Foreword” to The College Athlete’s Guide to Academic Success: Tips from Peers and Profs, by Bob Nathanson and Arthur Kimmel

January 1, 2007

“The Beauty of the Game,” published in Basketball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Paint, pp. 94-103, co-authored with Peg Brand

January 1, 2007

“NCAA Urges, but Can’t Compel, Hiring of Black Coaches,” The Indianapolis Star

January 27, 2007

Mondays with Myles: Episode 42 – Cocaine Drink

February 5, 2007

Mondays with Myles: Episode 43 – Holland MI BB Game

February 12, 2007

“Faculty Members’ Constructive Engagement in Intercollegiate Athletics,” The Montana Professor, 17:2, pp. 14-18

March 1, 2007