Sports & Society

The University of Michigan's Athletic Department's plan should have lasting effects on all part of athletics.

Take a quick look through the University of Michigan’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee’s 2019 Strategic Five-Year Plan, and you’ll see a thorough report of how the university is trying to bring its athletic department into the 21st century.

As former Michigan softball player Alex Sobczak prepares for medical school, she's also learned about Covid-19 through her research.

Former Michigan softball player Alex Sobczak used to devote hours upon hours every week to practice, games, conditioning and team activities.

Presented by The Daily sports section, a rotating cast of writers discusses Michigan sports.


For Michigan student athletes, the university provides a number of services to support their mental health.

In 2017, 13.1% of 18-24 year olds suffered a major depressive disorder. Eating disorders, anxiety and stress are also causing major problems with college-aged individuals.

Juwan Howard is one of just 14 Black head coaches in college basketball's six major conferences.

His raw emotion revealed the magnitude of the situation. Juwan Howard joined a small group of Black coaches in college basketball, becoming one of 14 Black head coaches in basketball’s six major conferences, as of 2019, and the only Black head coach in the Big Ten.

Athletes Connected has served as a resource to many Michigan student-athletes since the onset of the pandemic.

Athletes Connected has been working to decrease the stigma around mental health and provide mental health resources to Michigan student-athletes since 2014, but its name has become increasingly fitting since March 12 — a time in which Athletes Connected took on the challenge of keeping the community united during a time of great separation.

Jennifer Klein hopes to see more women in coaching positions.

At the Division I level, only 11 percent of athletic directors are women, only 18 percent of chancellors/presidents are women, only 20 percent of head athletic trainers and only 24 percent of all head coaches.

Lots of freshmen have trouble their first year of college, Michigan baseball works to alleviate that.

Students’ freshman year of college is often identified as a hotspot for mental health challenges, especially because students are away from their family, so the comfort and family atmosphere that the team provides is truly valuable.

Whether or not the Big Ten's fall football season goes on as planned will likely fall on the shoulders of fans amidst COVID-19 pandemic.

When the Big Ten reinstated its football season on Sept. 16 in the face of the still-raging COVID-19 pandemic, it was clear that it would look different.

The Michigan and Ohio State volleyball teams created a joint video to express their stance against hate.

The programs have used their joint effort despite being rivals as a statement on how important combating racism is to them, a statement they hope will challenge the viewer or fan to compare the true importance of a rivalry and real-life issues.