Wisconsin Book Festival: Fans (Larry Olmsted)
Saturday10/234:00 pm - 4:50 pm
The New York Times and Washington Post best-selling author turns his expertise to a subject that has never been fully explored, delivering a highly entertaining game changer that uses brand-new research to show us why being a sports fan is good for us individually and is a force for positive change in society. Fans is a passionate reminder of how games, teams and the communities dedicated to them are vital to our lives.
Citing fascinating new studies on sports fandom, Larry Olmsted makes the case that the more you identify with a sports team, the better your social, psychological and physical health is; the more meaningful your relationships are; and the more connected and happier you are. Fans maintain better cognitive processing as their gray matter ages; they have better language skills; and college students who follow sports have higher GPAs, better graduation rates and higher incomes after graduating. And there’s more: On a societal level, sports help us heal after tragedies, providing community and hope when we need it most.
Join us at the Discovery Building for this Wisconsin Book Festival event.
- Event Type:
- Target Age/Grade:
- High School/College and Up
UW-Madison (Discovery Building)
330 N. Orchard St.
Madison, WI 53715 United States https://discovery.wisc.edu
Wisconsin Book Festival