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CSPS Director Honored by Tennessee Senator Bob Corker in Washington D.C.

Dr. Sarah Hillyer alongside Senator Bob Corker and Assistant Secretary of State of Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce

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.

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CSPS Launches Sport and Inclusion Week at UT

Group photo from Camp Koinonia, which hosted Marko Ristic, a Serbian delegate who was mentored by UT professors Angela Wozencroft and Jason Lovejoy.

Group photo from Camp Koinonia, which hosted Marko Ristic, a Serbian delegate who was mentored by UT professors Angela Wozencroft and Jason Lovejoy.

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.

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CSPS Meets U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, Speaks at SXSW Festival

CSPS director Dr. Sarah Hillyer with the U.S. Olympic Women's Hockey team and GSMP alumna Olga Dolinina

CSPS director Dr. Sarah Hillyer with the U.S. Olympic Women’s Hockey team and GSMP alumna Olga Dolinina

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.

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Dr. Ashleigh Huffman Travels to Brazil as Basketball Envoy

Ashleigh Huffman, former CSPS asst. director, poses holding a Tennessee flag with basketball players in Brazil

Huffman and basketball players from Minas Gerais pose for a group photo after a clinic.

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.

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CSPS Director Leads Panel at Groundbreaking Toyota Mobility Summit in Greece

Dr. Sarah Hillyer speaking as a panelist at the 2017 Toyota Mobility Summit in Athens, GreeceA 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.

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CSPS Celebrates “Wonder Women” Using Sport to Impact the World

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.

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