A new text in management thought, theory, and practice applied to physical activity education and athletics required justification. Management Theory and Practice in Physical Activity Education (Including Athletics) has been planned primarily for administrators of physical education and athletics at several levels of educational institutions. However, much that is included here can be very helpful as well to the sport and physical recreation manager in public and/or commercial sport and physical activity. In other words, it is the underlying "thought, theory, and practice" that is fundamentally important. The twentieth century has been characterized as a transitional one in human history. Moving into the twenty-first century, we start down the path to finding the answer to this assumption. At any rate, changing times are occasioned by the impact of a variety of social forces on society. Additionally, such change has its accompanying, but often unsteady, influence on the professional training of leaders in the large number of fields that make up the society in which such change occurs. The caliber of young people recruited into the field within education is paramount, as is the way they are prepared for leadership roles as managers, teachers, coaches, performers, supervisors, or exercise specialists. This is OUR responsibility. We should carry out these assignments in a way that is comparable to that used in the finest professions.