Amateur Sport Research Center (ASRC)

Mission Statement

The mission of the Amateur Sport Research Center is to foster collaborative research opportunities built upon the overarching focus of amateur sport. A multitude of issues and questions surrounding the subject of amateur sport provide an array of interdisciplinary and inter-university research possibilities. By conducting forward-thinking empirical research, the ASRC seeks to produce impactful knowledge for academic scholars and industry leaders alike.


The ASRC will aim to adhere to its mission through several primary areas: research, national sport management conferences, and monthly colloquiums.

By conducting amateur sport research, the ASRC strives to foster an environment of innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research that produces impactful knowledge as recognized by both academic scholars and industry experts. We define amateur sport as those who participate and govern at the youth, recreational, local, national, international, and intercollegiate levels.

Scholar Series 
The Dr. Marlene Mawson Scholar Series was established through the generous gifts of former University of Kansas professor and administrator, Marlene Mawson. Known as the “Mother of KU Women’s Athletics,” Mawson also served as president of the North American Society for Sport Management from 1997-98. The Scholar Series serves as an opportunity to bring established scholars from the field to share their knowledge and experience with the KU campus. Scholars take part in undergraduate and graduate level classes and conduct a lecture that is open to the public.

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