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Sports psychology expert to lead panel discussion at URI on Oct. 25

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 17, 2005 -- Rick Wolff, a nationally recognized sports psychology expert and the chairman of the Institute for International Sport’s Center for Sports Parenting will lead a panel discussion about the role of parents in youth sports as part of the University of Rhode Island Honors Colloquium Tuesday Oct. 25. The program will take place at 7 p.m. in the Chafee Social Science Center, Barry Marks Auditorium, Room 271.

The presentation is part of this fall’s colloquium, “Contemporary Sport: Healthy Pursuit or Obsession,” which is examining some of the most important issues relating to sport and society.

Wolff was drafted by the Detroit Tigers organization after his junior year at Harvard University, and was the head baseball coach at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., for eight years. From 1990 to1995 he was a roving coach for the Cleveland Indians and taught the players performance enhancing skills and mental approaches to the game. He has also worked with dozens of professional athletes from the National Football League, the National Hockey League, and Major League Baseball.

Since 2001 he has served as the chairman of the Institute for International Sport’s Center for Sports Parenting, a web-based information resource that offers immediate guidance to coaches, educators, officials, and parents involved with youth sports programs. The Center is also committed to researching the latest practices with regard to sports parenting, coaching, and athletic development.

For the past four years, Wolff has hosted “The Sports Edge,” a weekly sports parenting program on WFAN sports radio in New York. He writes a monthly sports parenting article for Sports Illustrated, and has contributed to articles that have appeared in GQ, USA Today, and The New York Times. The author of 17 books, including Coaching Kids for Dummies and Good Sports: The Concerned Parents Guide to Competitive Sports, he has appeared on television programs including “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” ABC’s “20/20,” and NBC’s “The Today Show.” Wolff is the father of three children who all participate in youth sports programs.

Major sponsors of the program are The Providence Journal, Theta Chi Fraternity, URI Honors Program, URI President’s Office, Institute for International Sport, URI Office of the Provost, URI College of Arts and Sciences, URI College of Business Administration, and the URI Division of University Advancement.

Co-sponsors are the URI Department of Athletics, Multicultural Center, College of Nursing, College of Human Science and Services, College of Pharmacy, Office of Student Affairs, and the Women’s Studies Program.

For more information, visit or contact the URI Honors Center at 401-874-2381 or

The Honors Program at URI offers learning enrichment opportunities that broaden and enhance the undergraduate educational experience. The program features small classes, a nationally renowned honors colloquium, national scholarship advising, and in-depth study and research with select faculty mentors.

URI students must maintain a 3.2 grade-point-average to continue participation.

Open access to the Honors Program continues for qualified students throughout their undergraduate years. About 900 URI students participate in the Honors Program. About 60 students are participating in the Honors Colloquium this fall, which also has a companion class.