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On the court & beyond the 94 x 50

September 7, 2020

Colleges should offer a major in sports. It could solve some problems.

Amaker supports the case for allowing college athletes to transform their experience on the playing field into an academic and professional pathway.

September 6, 2020

Celtics great Bill Russell wants college sports to go further in commitment to diversity with a universal ‘Russell Rule’

Bob Hohler writes, “In 2007, Amaker became the first Black head coach in any sport at Harvard in 16 years, and he has since become a leading advocate for diversity on campus and throughout collegiate sports.”

August 31, 2020

John Thompson’s Success at Georgetown Made Him Ahead of His Time

Amaker remembers the late legendary Georgetown coach John Thompson as a force on and off the court and as a role model for how to drive the conversation forward as a Black coach and leader.

August 10, 2020

Harvard’s Amaker on Future of College Sports, Standardized Tests

Amaker talks with Bloomberg Equality’s Scarlet Fu about systemic racism in athletics and the future of college sports amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 21, 2020

Harvard’s Tommy Amaker, Kentucky’s John Calipari, and their plan to change leadership in sports

“This is creating a pathway for future leaders in so many potential areas.” Amaker uses his platform to open doors for young people of color with a passion for college athletics.

July 19, 2020

Dozens of college basketball coaches team up to create more opportunities for minorities

Amaker helps to lead dozens of his colleagues in collegiate athletics to increase diverse representation in all roles within athletic departments. 

July 16, 2020

College Basketball Coaches Call for End to ACT, SAT Requirement

“This is an important step toward combating educational inequality in our country.” As a Board member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Amaker advocates for the removal of standardized tests as an NCAA eligibility requirement.


July 13, 2020

John Calipari & Harvard coach Tommy Amaker announce McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative

Amaker and University of Kentucky Coach John Calipari join ESPN’s Get Up program to talk about the John McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative, an effort to increase opportunities for young people of color in collegiate athletic programs.

September 18, 2017

At Harvard, education through athletics (and vice-versa)

“We’re teaching, we’re engaging, we’re exposing. We’re hopefully enlightening,” Amaker said. “I’m not sure how much they know about Dr. Harry Edwards. But we’re going to give them an education about that. I promise you that.”