Sport and the Growing Good hosts research and commentary examining how athletics contribute to everyday improvement in our society. Particularly, we aim to tell rich stories of the "hidden" people and practices in sport. In addition to producing written, audio, and video content, we also regularly host events that address our key themes: coaching, leadership, youth sports, and the college student-athlete experience. 

We welcome your contributions. Please send submissions to: Not sure if your work is right for our site? Send questions to the same email address. Thanks for your interest!

Meet our Sport and the Growing Good Team:

Peter Miller is a Professor in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studies leadership and coaching. Previously, Peter was a Notre Dame shooting guard, teacher, and high school varsity basketball coach. For more information about Peter, refer to his CV or his University biography.

Maria Dehnert works in the athletic department at the University of Wisconsin. Previously, she was a high school teacher in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Maria earned a master's degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an undergraduate degree from Bemidji State University, where she was captain and four-year letter-winner on the women's soccer team.

Jose Montoya is a master’s candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a Brand Communications Assistant for Wisconsin Athletics. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas in sport management and journalism and some of his past stops include: Knox College Athletics, The Fund for American Studies, Radio America, Catholic News Service, and KUJH-TV. 

Wquinton Smith is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studies the relationships and experiences of current and former student-athletes. Wquinton also holds undergraduate and master's degrees from UW-Madison and works in the athletic department. While an undergraduate, he played point guard for the Wisconsin basketball team.











 “..for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life,

and rest in unvisited tombs.”​

                                                                                         George Eliot