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UT STUDENTS ORGANIZE “SPORTS 4 PEACE WEEK”

“Sport 4 Peace Week” is a campus-wide initiative spearheaded by UT’s Center for Sport, Peace, & Society to promote the use of sport as a tool for empowerment, community development, cross-cultural understanding, and peace.

As part of “Sport 4 Peace Week,” international basketball coaches and players will participate in a “Strong Women. Better World.” panel held on April 2, 2013 at 11am in the Baker Center Toyota Auditorium. The panel discussion topics will include women’s empowerment, sports, and cross-cultural understanding.

The basketball visitors include 24 participants from six different countries (3 athletes and one coach from each country): Pakistan, the Gulf, Venezuela, Liberia, Lithuania, and the Philippines. They will be spending April 1st-5th on UT’s campus.

In addition to Tuesday’s panel, UT students are organizing a “Peace, Love, & Harmonies” Concert to be held April 4, 2013, at the Tin Roof on Cumberland Avenue from 6:00pm-8:30pm. Admissions is $5 or free if you purchase a “Sport 4 Peace” Educate. Unify. Inspire bracelet. Opportunities to purchase food and drinks will be provided by Tin Roof.

During April 1st-5th, blue bins will be paced across campus for “Soccer Balls 4 Smiles” equipment drive. Sporting goods like volleys, soccer balls, basketball, and jump ropes will be donated to the Iraqi refugee children living in Knoxville.

For a discounted ticket to the UT Baseball vs. Longwood game on April 3 rd, bring a new or gently used item to donate.

“Sport 4 Peace Week” is the outgrowth of the Service-Learning: Sport and Community Development class in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport Studies. This class is designed to use sport to empower and uplift the refugee community of Knoxville by providing opportunities for friendship, health, tutoring, and social integration.

For more information, please contact Caroline Ashton Holland at 865-773-6515 or chollan9@utk.edu.



 

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