True Sport Foundation announces first recipient of the sport study scholarship from the Lyle Makosky Values and Ethics in Sport Fund

(Ottawa, Ontario – June 24, 2015) – The True Sport Foundation is pleased to announce the first  sport study scholarship from the Lyle Makosky Values and Ethics in Sport Fund, in the amount of $2,000, has been awarded to Alixandra Krahn for her sport research project “Motivation, Mental Toughness, or Manipulation?: Exploring verbal and mental abuse within the context of elite female volleyball in Manitoba.”

“We were very impressed with Alixandra’s submission and we are proud that she is the first scholarship recipient of the Fund,” said Lyle Makosky. “Her study on the verbal and mental abuse that can occur within the coach-athlete relationship is an important topic that deserves more attention and further exploration. Alixandra’s research will contribute to a deeper understanding of the related values and ethical issues in the relationship between the athlete and the coach in Canadian sport.”

The Lyle Makosky Values and Ethics in Sport Fund is a national endowment fund established by life-long leader in sport, Lyle Makosky. The sport study scholarship program provides annual financial awards to support the study of values, ethics, and policies affecting (non-professional) Canadian sport, with the program being managed, and award winners selected by the True Sport Foundation.

“I would like to thank Lyle Makosky and the True Sport Foundation for awarding me this scholarship and supporting my research project,” said Krahn. “As a coach, athlete and student, the topic of my submission is very close and important to me. I hope that my research aids in defining and addressing verbal and mental abuse in sport. The Values and Ethics in Sport Fund will help fund my Master’s thesis and enable me to continue on as both a coach and researcher.”   

Ms. Krahn is currently completing her Master of Arts degree in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba. She is also the assistant coach, and a former student athlete, of the University of Winnipeg Women’s Volleyball team.

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The True Sport Foundation is a national charitable organization committed to ensuring that sport makes a positive contribution to individuals and communities. The Foundation works with its many partners through programs and activities that promote values-based and principle-driven sport for all Canadians.




For more information, contact:

Karri Dawson
Executive Director, True Sport Foundation

613-521-9533 x3314

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