Jamal Smith: Building Communities through Sports, Resilience, and Leadership

In this episode of the JUST Community podcast, host Nikki Carey chats with Jamal Smith, director of strategic partnerships and government affairs at IU Health. Jamal shares his unique journey, beginning with his passion for sports, facing health and physical challenges, and ultimately transitioning into strategic and community-based roles. He stresses the importance of sports not only for personal development but also for generating community impact. The conversation also delves into the upcoming NBA All-Star game in Indianapolis, the potential for community engagement it presents, and strategic thinking to better sports programs in Indianapolis schools. Jamal additionally addresses issues around individualistic competitiveness versus collective impact, stressing the social importance of understanding how to handle both victory and defeat.