The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Center for Sport, Peace, and Society has been honored with an international award for its work using sport to inspire positive social change around the world.
At the annual Peace and Sport Awards, held October 18 in Rhodes, Greece, the center’s partnership with the US Department of State to implement the biannual Global Sports Mentoring Program (GSMP) was named Diplomatic Action of the Year.
UT’s Center for Sport, Peace, and Society welcomed a class of 15 women from 14 countries as a part of the 2018 Global Sports Mentoring Program international women’s empowerment exchange.
The women spend five weeks in the United States working closely with the CSPS, the US Department of State, espnW, and mentors from the country’s top sports sector organizations, including the National Hockey League, the San Antonio Spurs, ESPN, Fox Sports, and the NCAA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.