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CSPS helps global leaders develop innovative solutions to socio-political challenges using sport. We work to create a more peaceful, equitable, and inclusive world.

Through its work as implementing partner of the U.S. Department of State Global Sports Mentoring Program, the center has worked with international sports leaders and U.S. mentors on five-week exchanges, where the leaders develop Action Plans for sport-based social change in their communities. These plans have contributed to the creation of national sports leagues and federations for women and people with disabilities and impacted legislation to make countries more inclusive and accessible.



CSPS Impact Areas

Dr. Sarah Hillyer stands in front of 3 rows of participants who are sitting on gymnasium bleachers during an event. Dr. Sarah is shaking hands with a smiling woman on the front row.

Global Exchanges

CSPS travels the globe to assist with sports-based clinics that promote the values of equality and inclusion.

A group photo from the 2017 U.S Department of State Global Sports Mentoring Program. Participants and Team UT staff are in three rows making silly faces and hand gestures.


CSPS brings international leaders to the U.S. for a five-week, immersive mentorship to make a positive impact through sport.

Dr. Sarah Hillyer and VoLeader students stand for a group photo while wearing matching orange tshirts. Children from the event stand or sit in wheelchairs with them.

Teaching and Training

CSPS teaches on topics such as women in sport, service-learning, and sport for social change and leadership.

Dr. Sarah Hillyer stands in front of a crowd with a microphone giving a presentation. Behind her on a stage sit three women and one man listening and a PowerPoint is projected on the wall.

Research and Presentations

Through scholarly research, writing, and evaluation, we contribute to sport for development and peace literature.