UT’s Center for Sport, Peace, and Society recently wrapped up a five-week exchange program to empower international leaders in the field of disability sport.
Center for Sport Peace and Society News
Fifteen sport leaders from thirteen countries are in the United States for a five-week mentorship program that focuses on using sports to promote disability rights and inclusion.
Melissa Farquharson grew up in the inner city of Kingston, Jamaica. She says it was a tough place to be a girl with a lot of ambition. But driven by her love of sports, and fueled by her own tenacity and the help of some avid supporters, Farquharson found her way to UT and a better life. She will graduate Thursday, May 12, with her master’s degree in sport management and her parents, on their first trip to the United States, will be there to watch.
The Center for Sport, Peace, and Society recently hosted six Venezuelan coaches as part of an exchange program through Partners of the Americas and the US Department of State. The four-day exchange focused on how participation in sports can inspire youth to create positive change in their communities and avoid the violence, gangs, and drugs that plague much of Venezuela.
Young female athletes from around the globe and Michelle Kwan—five-time world figure skating champion, two-time Olympic medalist, and senior advisor at the US Department of State—will visit UT during the next few weeks. The Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports Initiative is part of the US Department of State’s sports diplomacy efforts to open opportunities for women and girls around the world and promote positive social change.
A partnership between UT and the US Department of State to engage women and girls from around the world through sports was named one of the nation’s ten best public diplomacy efforts of 2013. UT’s Center for Sport, Peace, and Society partners with the Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program to implement the Empowering Women and Girls through Sports initiative.
A Senegalese basketball delegation arrived at UT last week as part of the US Department of State’s global effort to engage women and girls through sports. The Center for Sport, Peace, and Society will host the twelve female basketball players and two coaches until February 1 through the Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative, a global effort established by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Support for legendary coach Pat Summitt has gone international. She will be honored at this Sunday’s Lady Vols basketball game with a special video message from her biggest fans in Iraq. The video is the trailer for We Back Pat in Iraq, a full-length documentary about Summitt’s impact on girls and women in the Middle Eastern country. UT partner Sport 4 Peace is producing the film. It is scheduled for release this spring.
Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Sarah Hillyer is director of the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society. She and co-founder Ashleigh Huffman have the big idea of using sport as a tool for personal and community development.
UT Knoxville is partnering with the US Department of State to engage women and girls from around the world through sports. The Center for Sport, Peace, and Society has been awarded a $1.2 million cooperative agreement to implement the Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative.