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As players on a team collaborate to be successful on the court, the Center for Sport, Peace, & Society relies on the support of partners in the United States and overseas to accomplish our mission of using sport for sustainable development and peace.

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With a global network that extends to more than 70 countries, the CSPS relies on the support and collaboration of the University of Tennessee, U.S. Department of State, and other corporate and non-profit partners to successfully implement our programs and make an impact in local communities through sports.

Since our center was launched in 2012, we have partnered with various university departments on campus programs, service-learning classes, and other projects.

The center’s impact extends off campus at both the international and local levels, carrying the same message of empowerment and inclusion to as many communities as possible. For the past six years, the CSPS has served as the sole cooperative agreement partner on the U.S. Department of State Global Sports Mentoring Program, and has traveled the world leading women’s empowerment, disability rights, and sport for development and peace projects with U.S. Embassies and other international partners. Locally, we are also proud to partner with community-transforming organizations such as the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Emerald Youth Foundation, YWCA Knoxville, and Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley.

Partners and Friends


  • AEC Kaue
  • Athletes for Brazil
  • Fight for Peace
  • Obra Social Dona Meca
  • REDES—Sport for Social Change Network
  • Think Olga
  • University of Sao Paulo
  • Vida Corrida


  • Educate-Me
  • Girl Power Egypt
  • HELM


  • Nantes Roller Derby
  • Sport Dans la Ville
  • Forum Refugies
  • Tignes Sport Values International Conference


  • Shuttlers Badminton Academy
  • BOOST—Better Options and Opportunities for Sport Today
  • Norwegian Refugee Council


  • She Wins Mexico
  • Naranjeros Baseball Club

New Zealand

  • New Zealand Recreation Association
  • Women in Sport Aotearoa (WISPA)
  • Shift Foundation
  • The Wonderful Group

Others: El Desafío (Argentina), Ecuador Paralympic Committee, TAKT—Together Advancing Common Trust (Macedonia), Sport Management Council of the Philippines, National Taiwan University

GSMP Mentor Organizations

  • Big East Conference
  • Burton Snowboards
  • ESPN
  • Fox Sports
  • Google
  • NCAA
  • NHL
  • PGA of America
  • Saatchi & Saatchi Los Angeles
  • Spurs Sports & Entertainment
  • University of Connecticut
  • Women’s Sports Foundation

  • Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center
  • Chicago Park District
  • ShirleyRyan Ability Lab
  • Spaulding Rehabilitation Network
  • Turnstone
  • University of Texas-Arlington
  • U.S. Association of Blind Athletes
  • U.S. Olympic Committee/U.S. Paralympics