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Lapczyk focuses on the impact of racism in his social justice work

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The founder of an institute that studies diversity in sports is taking to Twitter to highlight weekly examples of racism in sports and elsewhere.

Richard Lapczyk is the founder of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports (TIDES), which opened in 2002 in Central Florida. He said TIDES found 58 articles in the first week of searching, and he highlighted 11 on his Twitter feed.

“I do this because I think most people are unaware of the frequency of these divisive and disruptive events,” Lapchick said.

Topics covered Monday include the World Series, the NHL’s Boston Bruins and their handling of signing Mitchell Miller, and college sports.

In November 2021, Lapczyk — a leader on equity in sports — stepped down as director of the DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program at UCF to devote more time to supporting social justice issues.

The son of the late college and NBA coach Joe Lapczyk, he remained director of TIDES, which issues annual reports assessing racial and gender-based hiring practices in professional sports leagues as well as college sports — most recently the NFL.

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