Michael Carroll, assistant professor in the department of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi, received the Young Professional Award from the Sport and Recreation Law Association (SRLA) during its annual conference in Savannah, Ga.
The award recognizes a young professional who demonstrates commitment to the study and instruction of the legal aspects of sport and recreation, service to the field and SRLA, as well as the potential for future growth and excellence in those same areas.
“I am extremely honored,” said Carroll, a member of the Southern Miss faculty since 2009. “My major area of teaching and research is sport law and risk management. To be recognized by my peers for this award is very flattering and validates all of the work I have done in this area.”
Candidates for the SRLA Young Professional Award must hold an untenured rank and not possess more than five years experience in the field (excluding graduate study). The association also places heavy emphasis on professional integrity, honoring those who have, by their leadership, made a significant contribution to the study of the legal aspects of sport and recreation.
Carroll’s interest in sport law was piqued several years ago while working on his master’s degree at the University of Florida. Since that time he has become immersed in the subject matter and hopes to one day earn his law degree.
“Law fascinates me because it literally touches and affects everything we see on a daily basis,” said Carroll.