The place of sport in American life and society will be the theme of"Ethics and Athletics," the sixth lecture in the Great Issues Series, at 9 a.m. Jan. 25 at the Francis Scott Key Auditorium lobby, St. John's College, Annapolis.
Two figures from the sports world will keynote the forum: prize-winning newspaper writer and editor Creed C. Black, president of the Knight Foundation, which sponsored the Knight Commission study of sports in higher education; and Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion Arthur Ashe, who has used his continuing career to promote tennis at every level as well as for various philanthropies.
Black has had a long career of managing newspapers and writing for them, including positions at the Nashville Tennessean and the Chicago Daily News. He is president of the Knight Foundation, sponsor of the Knight Commission.
In 1991, the commission's findings of colleges' failure to educate athletes caused a furor in the sports world.
Ashe, among the top-seeded players in tennis for a 10-year period, won a succession of world titles in the early 1980s.
With a degreein business administration from UCLA, Ashe has been instrumental in founding the Association of Tennis Professionals. Off the court, he devotes much of his time to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the United Negro College Fund.
The forum, sponsored by the Friends of St.John's and the college's Continuing Education program, is part of a three-year lecture-discussion series examining ethics in relation to politics, business, journalism, medicine and law.
Several professional and amateur athletes will take part in the
discussion, and lead seminar groups in discussion of preassigned readings.
Information: 263-2371, Ext. 230.