Stroman’s lecture was the first in a series of Tar Heel Tailgate Talks, which will all focus on the intersection of academics and athletics.
The lectures will take place three hours before home football games, excluding those with noon start-times, in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, next to the Tar Heel Town tailgating center.
“There’s no doubt that you have small towns without sports, but I think there’s a certain elevation that comes with sport,” said Stroman, who is the director of Sport Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.
“On sports days, we are happy, fun-loving people — generally we are nicer to each other — and I don’t think there is any other industry that does that and can do that. I think everyone just forgets about the ills of the world for a moment, and that’s okay. It’s a collective community escape.”