Fans: How Watching Sports Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Understanding
Date and Time:
Apr 8 2021 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Note: Event start time is Central Time (CT).


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Larry Olmsted

Author and award-winning journalist

Michael Patrick Shiels

Author, travel writer, and award-winning syndicated radio host

Fans: How Watching Sports Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Understanding

Connection | Culture | Empathy | Mental Health | Psychology | Relationships | Sports | Well Being

Are you a sports fan? Do you spend weekends watching the NBA finals or the FIFA World Cup, obsessing over your team’s wins and losses? Do you constantly check your fantasy basketball scores and buy jerseys of your favorite players? Why do we care so much about sports, and how does being a fan effect our lives? In his enlightening new book, Fans: How Watching Sports Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Understanding, award-winning journalist Larry Olmsted, author of the New York Times bestselling Real Food/Fake Food, makes the case that the more you identify with a sports team, the better your social, psychological, and physical health, the more meaningful your relationships, and the better connected and happier you are. Using brand new research and exclusive interviews with fans and experts around the world, Mr. Olmsted presents a game-changing look into why being a fan is good for us both as individuals and as a society.

Mr. Olmsted, a columnist for USA Today and Forbes who has written for dozens of national publications, explores the many ways sports fans have the power to change the world. Whether you are a devoted fan of Serena Williams, can never miss a Cubs game, or you are counting down the days until the 2021 Summer Olympics, Fans illustrates how a passion for sports also provides community and hope. The book shows how sports act as a cultural currency, a global language, and a source of healing, and it displays recent groundbreaking studies into the effects of sports fandom.

Mr. Olmsted will be in conversation with Michael Patrick Shiels, an author, travel writer, and award-winning syndicated radio host. He has collaborated with the likes of Larry King, George H.W. Bush, and Jack Nicklaus.

This event suitable for youth 12+. It will be recorded and available later on our website and YouTube channel.


BONUS AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Fans from FAN’s partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Mr. Olmsted and Mr. Shiels that will start immediately after the webinar. Details on the webinar registration page.