"'Sports, and by extension sports media, can be a powerful force for good. It can bring people together. It can provide hope, even in the midst of great destruction,' says Dr. Ken Zagacki, co-author of a paper describing the research and a professor of communication at NC State. 'But we have to be careful that we don't use sports to gloss over real problems. We don't want to 'move on' from tragedies like Katrina when real social problems remain.'"
FYI after Katrina BonaResponds collected enough softball and baseball equipment to outfit more than 2 leagues near Bay St. Louis/Waveland MS, and after the Haitian Earthquake we helped to send about 300 soccer balls to Haiti. (and we are still accepting donations of soccer or basketballs!)