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“I couldn’t be more proud of the incredible work coming out of the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society. Drs. Hillyer and Huffman have advanced this essential work to a level that has exceeded my wildest dreams. I know thousands will be impacted as we continue to move forward.”

Dean (retired), College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences
University of Tennessee

Geraldine Bernardo stands smiling while holding a microphone.“The CSPS provided the impetus and wherewithal that enabled me to launch my own sport for development programs in my country. Drs. Sarah Hillyer and Ashleigh Huffman clearly walk the talk. Their vast experience in the field of sport for development is embodied in how they implement programs. Even years later, they continue to connect and involve us, ensuring that the ‘sisters’ will always have a web of support and opportunities for cross engagement. The CSPS formula in a nutshell: Mentor. Nurture. Capacitate. Empower…now, share and repeat!”

Founder, Sport Management Council of the Philippines
GSMP: Empower Women through Sports class of 2012 alumna

Juan Carlos Serrano sits with a fellow VOLeader on a bus. Both are laughing while looking at the camera and hugging.e

“My experience in the VOLeaders Academy helped reinstate my will to act and my faith in people. I learned how to actively pursue my purpose and how to use sport to influence society for the better. I am a different person because of it.”

Tennessee Men’s Golf
VOLeaders Academy class of 2015-2016 alumnus

Mary Harvey stands in front of a soccer goal with a colorful Nike soccer ball in her hand. “Working as an envoy with the U.S. Department of State, and traveling alongside the Center for Sport, Peace, & Society in Jordan, is a unique opportunity. Women’s soccer is exploding in the region and leaders are committed to advancing access to sport for girls and women. I’m proud to assist in a meaningful way and to help move the needle.”

U.S. Olympic gold medalist
Sport Development and Sustainability Consultant

Joey Reilman stands and smiles at the camera holding two thumbs up in front of a religious East Asian shrine.“The VOLeaders Academy changed my perspective immensely. I grew more in one year than at any other time in my life. I’m more confident in my beliefs, in the person I am, and the man I want to be. And I must act on what I’ve learned. I am taking ownership of my responsibilities and working to become an even better influence on those around me.”

Tennessee Swimming and Diving
VOLeaders Academy class of 2016-17 alumnus