The records of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society (CSSS) document the activities of CSSS in its efforts to improve the integrity of amateur and professional sports in areas such as academic achievement for student-athletes, race and gender relations, and community involvement. The collection documents CSSSs numerous programs targeting middle and high school students, college student-athletes, professional athletes, and adult administrators; former director Richard Lapchicks vision for CSSS and his ideas about how the power of sports may affect positive social change; CSSSs influences on and relationships with colleges, universities, athletic teams, and the media; various methods of using sports to address social problems, such as violence and drug abuse; and data and programs concerning race and gender in amateur and professional athletics.
The bulk of the material in the collection is from 1985-1998, but spans from the opening of CSSS in 1984 until 2003.
The collection is organized into nine series. Series 1 is the largest series and contains the records of CSSSs founder and director Richard Lapchick. Many of the records in this series are related to records found in other parts in the collection, especially those related to the projects of CSSS in Series 6. Series 2 reveals the administrative workings of CSSS. Series 3 documents CSSSs development and marketing efforts. Series 4 contains materials relating to CSSS's Annual Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame Induction. Series 5 contains records from CSSSs offshoot, the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS). Series 6 documents the projects of CSSS, including Athletes in Service to America, College Student-Athlete Project, Hoop Dreams and More, Jo Jo White Growth League, Mentors in Violence Prevention, Outreach Program, Racial Report Card, Project TEAMWORK, Teamwork Learning Institute, and Urban Youth Sports. Series 7 document the records of Jeff Brown, a former research and communication director at CSSS. Series 8 contains the records of Jose Masso, who was a Latino activist and Senior Associate Director of CSSS. Series 9 contains audio-visual materials produced by or about the CSSS.