Stark Center Co-Directors Win Top Sport History HonorAugust 14, 2013
Drs. Jan and Terry Todd, winners of the North American Society for Sport History Honor Award.
College of Education faculty Jan and Terry Todd recently were recognized with the North American Society for Sport History’s (NASSH) highest accolade, the Honor Award. The award was presented at the NASSH annual conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In addition to teaching in the College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, the Todds are founders and co-directors of the world-renowned H. J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports, home to the most extensive physical culture archives in the world.
They were selected for the NASSH award because of their “exceptional contributions to the field of sport history,” which include creation of the Stark Center, publication of Iron Game History, their commitment to the mentoring of graduate students, and creation of the UT Press book series on physical culture and sports.
“Jan and Terry Todd are first-rate scholars whose impressive intellectual interests and accomplishments have clearly been enriched by their years of experience as elite athletes,” said Dr. Daniel Nathan, current NASSH president. “They’ve managed to channel the same energy, discipline, and determination that they demonstrated as competitive athletes into their scholarship and administrative endeavors. The founding of the Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports has probably been their most impressive feat, to date.
“Just as important, though, has been their service to the profession, which includes their mentorship of graduates students and assistance to national and international scholars. Their generosity seems to know no bounds. NASSH and our global community of sports studies scholars are so fortunate to have the Todds among us. They are a great team!”