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Last modified: Friday, December 16, 2011

Sailes receives distinguished service award from the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport

Dec. 16, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Gary Sailes, sport sociologist in the Department of Kinesiology in Indiana University's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, has received the 2011 North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Distinguished Service Award. Sailes received the award, which recognizes his scholarship, teaching and service to the discipline of sport sociology, during the society's annual conference in Minneapolis.

Sailes, an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and adjunct professor in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, focuses his research on the socio-cultural experiences of African-Americans in American sport.

His books include "Modern Sport and the African American Experience," "African Americans in Sport: Contemporary Themes," "Mental Training for Tennis" and "Championship Tennis Drills for Advanced Players and Coaches." He has written numerous book chapters and journal publications, along with "Facts and Figures on the Black Athlete," an investigative report for the Black Congressional Caucus in Washington, D.C., where he led two congressional hearings on college sports abuses. Sailes has presented more than 200 scholarly papers and is currently editing a major textbook titled "Sports in Higher Education: Issues and Controversies" with Cognella Academic Publishing.

Sailes' numerous awards include Who's Who Among American Professionals, Eli Lilly Community Service Award, IU Sport Management Majors Club Appreciation Award and the Teaching Excellence Recognition Award from IU's Department of Kinesiology.

He has served leadership positions within professional associations, was a journal editor and has worked as a consultant to high school, college and professional athletes, coaches, teams and sports organizations in the areas of career development, life skills development and performance enhancement.