Wednesday, May 7, 2014

"The Allrounder" Needs Your Support

Are you a sports fan?  Are you an intellectual, scholar, or teacher who has been looking for a deeper conversation about the connections between sports and society?  Then you need to contribute to the Kickstarter campaign for "The Allrounder."

My friend Bruce Berglund of Calvin College and a few of his colleagues around the world have started an online sports journal that will feature academics and journalists writing about the broader connections of sports to history, politics, science, even philosophy and theology.  Here is a small taste of what you can expect:

They also have a really nice group of contributors lined up, including Amy Bass, a friend of the blog, director of NBC's Olympic research room (for which she won an Emmy), and one of our most thoughtful commentators on the relationship between sports, race, and American culture.  Oh yes--did I mention we went to graduate school together?
I should say up front that we at The Way of Improvement Leads Home only support Kickstarter campaigns for projects that have potential and promise and can make a contribution to the kinds of discourse and subject matter we value here.  The Allrounder fits the bill on all these fronts.

Perhaps some of you may not be familiar with Kickstarter campaigns.   Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform with a mission to "help bring creative projects to life." Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter are designed to gather money from the public thus circumventing traditional avenues of investment.  Project creators choose a deadline and a minimum funding goal.  If the goal is not met by the deadline, no funds are collected.  Money pledged by donors is collected using Amazon Payments.

CLICK HERE to go to the Kickstarter project page for The Allrounder

CLICK HERE to see the The Allrounder preview site.  The full site will go up in September.