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Climate Change and the Future of Sport

Climate Change and the Future of Sport
April 22, 2024 Travis Bowles

Climate Change and the Future of Sport

Sport Management Researcher Addresses Impact in National Report

Dr. Brian McCullough of our Department of Kinesiology and Sport Management contributed his research to the Fifth National Climate Assessment, addressing how climate change will affect sport, recreation and physical activity.

The assessment is the U.S. Government’s preeminent report on climate change impacts, risks and responses. McCullough’s contributions mark the first time the National Climate Assessment has addressed how sustainability efforts could impact sport, recreation and physical activity.

“It is important to make these impacts personally relevant, especially to those in the Southern Great Plains,” said McCullough. “People are more likely to address climate change through lifestyle changes if they see their favorite sports and physical or recreational activities will be adversely impacted.”

McCullough also assisted with the recently published Texas A&M Athletics’ Sustainability Master Plan. “Texas A&M Athletics is a great example of how you can be environmentally responsible while also being quite pragmatic,” he shared.

McCullough is the Director of our Center for Sport Management Research and Education and the Laboratory for Sustainability in Sport. To read his contribution to the latest National Climate Assessment, visit

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