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RaySociety Examines Sports Culture

March 7, 2007

Contact: Lisa Lacher, 515-271-3119, lisa.lacher@drake.edu

Don Neumann, program facilitator, 515-334-7277, dneumann@iowalink.com

Drake University’s RaySociety, an educational organization for people of retirement-age, presents a new four-day course that examines society’s insatiable appetite for sports. In "Surveying the Spectrum of Sports," experts will discuss the pros and cons of sports participation, the idolization of and intense competition between professional athletes, the pressure on college athletes and the benefits, enjoyment and camaraderie associated with casual sports competition.

Panelists include Bobby Hansen, a former NBA player and current basketball analyst; Sam Bernabe, general manager and president of the Iowa Cubs baseball team; Sandy Hatfield Clubb, Drake’s athletic director; and Dan Lake, executive director of the Iowa Senior Games; among many others.

The class will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 27 through April 17. The first session will be held at the Iowa Hall of Pride, 330 Park St. The other sessions will be held in the Morrison Room of Drake’s Knapp Center, 2525 Forest Ave.

RaySociety membership is required. The full spring course schedule is posted on the RaySociety Web site at www.drake.edu/raysociety. Membership costs $50 a year (June 1 through May 31) and classes are $25 each. Those who join in the middle of the academic year may take one free class during the spring semester.

For more information about the Surveying the Spectrum of Sports course, contact program facilitator Don Neumann at 515-334-7277 or dneumann@iowalink.com. For more information about RaySociety classes and events, contact Teresa Bartschat at 515-271-1847 or teresa.bartschat@drake.edu.