Presented By Steve Noll
Sports offer a window into Florida’s social and political life and provide a source of pride for localities large and small throughout the state. This presentation examines the history of sport in Florida, starting in the late 19th century and continuing to today. It places sports at the foreground of racial and gender issues and analyzes why & how sports matter so much to so many Floridians. It also examines the rise of sports as big business, as college and professional teams rake in millions of dollars as they give entertainment and identity to millions of Floridians. And while sports are more than just fun and games, this presentation also focuses on the fun aspects of Florida sports- from participation to spectators- from Super Bowl to pickleball.
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Dr. Steve Noll is a master lecturer in the history department at the University of Florida. He received his PhD from there in 1991. He taught special education in the public schools of Alachua County for 28 years before moving over full-time to UF in 2004. He has written extensively on two widely disparate topics- Florida history & the environment and disability history. In 2009, he published the award winning Ditch of Dreams, about the ill-fated Cross Florida Barge Canal and is currently working on two books- one on the disability rights movement of the 1970s, and the other on Florida environmental policy and the politics of removing the Rodman Dam on the Ocklawaha River.