Organization of Artists and Athletes for Spirituality in Education and Society (OAASES)

OAASES recognizes profound parallels in the creative and spiritual dimensions of artistry and sport, viewing the athlete as an artist, and both arts and sports as powerful forums for heightened consciousness. The improvisatory thrust of much athletic creativity, particularly vivid in team sports (basketball, hockey, football, soccer, baseball/softball etc.) but also strong in individual athletic activities (golf, gymnastics, skiing, track, etc), represents a direct connect to jazz. The fact that many athletes, as with many jazz musicians, engage in meditation practices is another connection.