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Dr. Anderson has spent several years discussing the connection between sport and social responsibility. He has given keynote addresses, fireside chats, and panel discussions to audiences around the world regarding this topic. Besides his lectures, he has worked with several organizations in building their social responsibility campaigns including PBS, ADL, Nike, and the Aspire Group through his consulting company, CSR Global Consulting, LLC. 




The Sport Justice Movement with Dr. Shaun Anderson (Episode 93)

This week Dr. Shaunna Payne Gold is joined by special guest Dr. Shaun Anderson. He is an associate professor and author of the forthcoming book, “The Black Athlete Revolt: The Sport Justice Movement in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter. He reminds us that sport and politics have always been mixed; athletes have long used their platforms to call out social injustice.


Race and Sports

Host David Cassilo is joined by The Ringer’s Kaelon Jones and Loyola Marymount’s Dr. Shaun Anderson to discuss race and sports. The guests go in-depth on issues such as athlete activism, league hiring practices and media representation of Black and White athletes.



The 1968 Olympic Protest, Muhammad Ali refusing to get drafted into the Vietnam War, and Althea Gibson becoming the first black woman to win the Grand Slam title were some of the most iconic events of the Civil Rights Movement. But once the movement was over, athlete activism went into dormancy. It wasn’t until recent movements such as #BlackLivesMatter that athlete activism was revitalized. Today, high-profile athletes have not only become invigorated to protest social injustice, but they are also now pushing for policy reform. This talk discusses a new era called, the sport justice movement. In this talk, I will discuss the following:

  1. The transcendence of sport into the larger conversation of racial and social injustice.

  2. How more high-profile athletes have utilized their platform to engage in policy change like never before

  3. How sport organizations have worked to collaborate with athletes on the quest for social justice

  4. Where does the movement go from here?


In today’s global society, organizations have associated themselves with various social movements. Sport organizations are no different. When Nike decided to partner with former NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, on a commercial discussing social justice, it represented one of the first of many instances where sports brands felt compelled to join the fight against injustice. But the question remains: what separates the true mission of tangible, lasting social change versus a one-off attempt with no results? This talk discusses the following:

  1. The role of sport brand activism in the larger landscape of social change.

  2. How sport organizations can engage in collaborative efforts to see change in the global communities in which they serve.

  3. How to determine the best ways to move forward with social responsibility campaigns.


In the year 2000, former South African President Nelson Mandela, gave a speech suggesting that sport can change the world. He would further say that sport has the power to combat racism and it laughs in the face of discrimination. Since his speech, several global organizations have worked to harness the power of sport to eradicate various human rights issues. In fact, the United Nations has designated sport as a powerful change agent for their 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Some of these goals include the eradication of poverty, reduced inequities, sustainable cities, climate action, and peace/justice/strong institutions among others. In this talk, I will discuss the following:

  1. The role of sport as a human rights platform

  2. The impact of sport on diversity, equity, and inclusion; climate change; community development; and youth development

  3. How to engage in global sport for development and peace interventions


ESPN 30 for 30 – American Gladiators

Featured Commentator 

June 16, 2023

Athletic Greens

Keynote Speaker – The Importance of Juneteenth

June 21, 2022



Keynote Speaker – The Importance of Juneteenth

June 16, 2022


Loyola Marymount University

Keynote Lecture – Athlete Activism

March 4, 2022


Better Mortgage

Keynote Speaker – DEI in the workplace

September 10, 2021


National Communication Association Conference

Research Presentation – Identity Gaps in the Workplace 

November 16, 2022 

New Orleans, LA

Access Elite

Keynote Speaker – DEI in the workplace

June 16, 2022


International Communication Association Conference

Sport Communication Pre-Conference Host and Facilitator

May 25 – 30, 2022

Paris, France

Digital River

Keynote Speaker – Understanding MLK’s Legacy

February 2, 2022


The Representation Project

Panelist – Tokyo Olympics 2020 Activism Review

August 16, 2021


What People Are Saying

"Shaun’s work on sports and society, especially as it relates to questions of race, make him one of the most creative, thoughtful, and important scholars in the nation."

Michael A. Genovese, PhD
Professor, Political Science
President, Global Policy Institute
Loyola Marymount University

"It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Dr. Anderson on the Jackie Robinson episode of our show, Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. As an expert on diversity in sports, he is a highly engaging speaker. We look forward to working with him on future episodes."


"We needed an authority to consult on our show about African American athletes and their experiences. His knowledge and insight have been both informative and inspiring."

Chris Eliopoulous
Co-Creator and Executive Producer
Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum

"Because of Dr. Anderson’s participation in the 4th Biennial Arkansas Minority Health Conference Summit, it was a resounding success. We hope that this relationship could continue the dialogue of helping eradicate inequities and inequalities that affect minority communities."

Michael Knox, M.S., M.P.H.
Former Executive Director 
Arkansas Minority Health Commission

"TREMENDOUS! Thank you, Dr. Anderson, you have fueled me to make transformative change. Thank you and blessings."

Madison M.
Better Mortgage

"Dr. Shaun Anderson gave a talk on this book The Black Athlete Revolt at our university to a room packed with students. Shaun is a brilliant storyteller, who theorizes and historicizes through an accessible narrative form. 

Aimee Carrillo Rowe, PhD, MFA
Professor and Chair
Department of Communication Studies
California State University, Northridge

"Shaun Anderson’s keynote on athlete activism was one of the highlights of our 2023 AASP Diversity in Sport Conference. His overview of key events that shaped activism for Black athletes was highly engaging.

Leilani Madrigal, PhD
Certified Mental Performance Consultant® (CMPC)Vice-Chair, Certification Council | Association for Applied Sport Psychology/Canadian Sport Psychology Association(she/her/hers)Associate ProfessorDepartment of Kinesiology, Sport PsychologyCalifornia State University, Long Beach

"Professor Shaun Anderson provided an outstanding presentation as a guest speaker during our Saint Mary's College of California, 44 Days Honoring Black History program. Dr. Anderson spoke on the intersection of sports, social media, and the activism of Black athletes. It was one of the most well attended events of our series, and engaged the audience in an enthusiastic and lively discussion.

Cynthia Cooke St Ange (She/Her)
Saint Mary’s College of California Black Leadership Coalition Title IX Investigator

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