On one of the premier stages celebrating the powerful impact of sport around the world, a partnership of the University of Tennessee’s Center for Sport, Peace, and Society has been named a Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award honoree at ESPN’s Sports Humanitarian Awards.
On May 7, Sarah Hillyer, director of the UT Center for Sport, Peace, and Society, traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in a ceremony celebrating the significant and far-reaching contributions of U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee to the field of public diplomacy.
Corker received the Walter Roberts Award by George Washington University’s Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (IPDGC) for his outstanding diplomatic work as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Alongside Assistant Secretary of State of Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce, Corker and Hillyer spoke about the importance of American diplomacy in the world.
UT’s Center for Sport, Peace, and Society is hosting a series of campus and community events designed to celebrate sport and inclusion at the university. Sport and Inclusion Week began Sunday, April 22, and runs through Saturday.
Over the past month, Center for Sport, Peace, and Society directors Sarah Hillyer and Ashleigh Huffman traveled throughout the United States celebrating the powerful impact of sport in the lives of women at several significant events, including the 2018 South by Southwest Festival, the Los Angeles Women in the World Salon, and the USA Gold Medal Women’s Hockey Tour.
For Ashleigh Huffman, assistant director of UT’s Center for Sport, Peace, and Society, every day on the job is spent, in some way, traveling around the world.
Since 2012, the center has served as the cooperative agreement partner on the US Department of State’s Global Sports Mentoring Program (GSMP), an initiative that has welcomed 130 leaders from 67 countries to the US for five-week exchange programs. Huffman and her team take a hands-on approach to these exchanges, which focus on the themes of women’s empowerment and disability inclusion, and maintain relationships with the international participants long after the programs end.
A University of Tennessee professor was recently in Athens, Greece to experience history, as Toyota’s revealed its groundbreaking transformation from an automobile company to a mobility company at the forefront of the movement for accessibility and inclusion.
In October, Sarah Hillyer, Ph.D., director of UT’s Center for Sport, Peace, & Society, was the only university representative to travel as a panelist for the Toyota Mobility Summit, where the company organized key international leaders and influencers in inclusion to announce the “Start Your Impossible” campaign. Hillyer moderated a panel with Tatyana McFadden, a 17-time Paralympic medalist and the only athlete—male, female, disabled, non-disabled—to win four of the world’s major marathons in four consecutive years, and Deborah McFadden, a co-author of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
For the sixth year, UT’s Center for Sport, Peace, and Society has joined with the US Department of State and espnW to organize one of the world’s leading mentorship programs for women in sports.
The center, a cooperative partner for the US Department of State’s Global Sports Mentoring Program (GSMP) since 2012, selected 17 women from 15 countries, including first-time participant countries Palestine, Morocco, Bolivia, and Belgium, to participate in the five-week exchange program hosted in Washington, DC.
A magical night filled with standing ovations, special guests, and enough orange to fill an arena, was the culmination of a decade of hard work by two University of Tennessee professors who chronicled the story of how iconic Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt blazed a trail for women’s basketball in Iraq in a recent documentary film.
On Friday, May 12th, 550 College of Education, Health, and Human Science (CEHHS) students walked across the stage at Thompson Boling Arena to receive their diplomas, shook hands with Dean Rider, and headed out into the world to enhance the lives of others. We could not be more proud of this year’s graduating class!