Name: Dr. Richard Lapchick
Game Honored: Orlando Magic vs. Dallas Mavericks (3/1/2021)
Background: Human rights activist, pioneer for racial equality, internationally recognized expert on sports and social issues, scholar and author Richard E. Lapchick is often described as “the racial conscience of sport.”
He brought his commitment to equality and his belief that sport can be an effective instrument of positive social change to University of Central Florida in August 2001 where he launched the DeVos Sports Business Management Program.
The DeVos Sport Business Management Program at UCF is a landmark program that focuses on the business skills necessary for graduates to conduct a successful career in the rapidly changing and dynamic sports industry. In following with Lapchick’s tradition of human rights activism, the curriculum includes courses with an emphasis on diversity, leadership, community service, sport and social issues and ethics in addition to UCF’s strong business curriculum. The DeVos Program has been named one of the nation’s top five programs by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes and ESPN The Magazine. In 2009, it was named the nation’s top MBA program for service. In 2015, SportBusiness International named the DeVos Program as one of the top two graduate sport business management programs in the world.
Lapchick is a prolific writer and is currently working on his 17th book. He is also a regular columnist for ESPN.com and The Sports Business Journal. He has written more than 550 articles and has given more than