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NCORE Webinar Series

Beyond the Game: Engaging Student-Athletes Around Social Justice Issues


Wednesday, December 1, 2021 

3:00-4:30 PM Central Time (4:00-5:30 PM Eastern, 2:00-3:30 PM Mountain, 1:00-2:30 PM Pacific; convert other time zones here)

FREE  |  Registration opens November 17, 2021

Live captions and sign language interpretation provided. Registration will close Tuesday, November 30th, at 4:30 PM Central Time, or when capacity is reached.


Important Details for Registrants:

  • The Zoom link will be emailed the morning of the webinar.
  • Download the latest version of Zoom on your device BEFORE the webinar begins. Launch and sign into Zoom, click on your profile picture (top right corner) and select Check for Updates. 
  • All registrants will receive a recording approximately one week after the webinar.
  • Email for assistance.

Webinar Description:

In recent years there has been a resurgence of activism on college campuses around various social issues, thus increasing student-athletes’ efforts to utilize the visibility of their sport to bring attention to important societal issues. This unique climate of student activism and civic engagement provides athletic and campus staff and administrators with the opportunity to enhance the learning and development of student-athletes beyond the athletic realm. Through the examination of an instrumental case study exploring an educational leadership program designed to engage student-athletes around racial justice, session participants will discover how one athletic department’s unique approach helped to enhance student-athletes’ learning and development while better equipping them to utilize their athletic platform to make a meaningful societal impact. This session should particularly benefit participants who are interested in the intersection of athletics, social justice, and the holistic learning and development of student-athletes.


presenter Courtney A. Gay photo

Courtney A. Gay, Ph.D., Assistant Athletic Director – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of Georgia Athletic Association

Dr. Courtney Gay serves as the Assistant Athletic Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Georgia (UGA). She is responsible for developing and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies for department performance in diversity and inclusive excellence. 
Dr. Gay joined the UGA Athletic Association staff in October 2012 as an academic counselor. Prior to assuming her current role, she served as the Associate Director/Diversity and Inclusion Strategist at the Rankin Smith, Sr. Student-Athlete Academic Center.
Before beginning her tenure at UGA, Dr. Gay gained community affairs and player development experience in roles with the Atlanta Braves, Fort Worth Flyers (NBA G League), and the National Football League (NFL).
A native of Houston, Texas, Dr. Gay earned a bachelor of journalism and a bachelor of arts from the University of Missouri, a master of science in kinesiology with a focus in sport management from Texas A&M University, and a doctorate in counseling and student personnel services (college student affairs administration) from the University of Georgia.