Sport for Development and Peace

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The Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism will bring together international scholars and students engaged in research and programs focused on sport for development and peace (SDP) for a symposium about forming partnerships for change. The symposium will take place March 7 and 8 in the Illini Union Ballroom at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is co-hosted by the Sport+Development Lab in RST and the student organization Play for Change.

The sport for development and peace field has grown exponentially in recent years, with more and more organizations, practitioners, and academics around the world embracing the possible contributions that sport can make to development agendas. Partnerships with a variety of sectors—including governmental and non-governmental organizations, education and health, and corporations—are the lifeblood of SDP organizations. Without them, SDP organizations and scholars cannot viably engage in the field to effect social change.

Symposium participants include scholars from the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Japan. A keynote speech by Dr. John Sugden, world-renowned professor of sociology and sport at the University of Brighton, United Kingdom, is free and open to the public. Dr. Sugden is the director of the University of Brighton’s in-house non-governmental organization, the celebrated sport-based co-existence and conflict resolution program, Football 4 Peace (F4P). Also free and open to the public is a town hall meeting scheduled for the second evening of the symposium, which will address the power of sport to work for social good and change.

The symposium is made possible by grants from the Illinois International Programs office and the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability at the University of Illinois.

While the symposium is free, registration is required. Visit the Symposium website for complete details.

Symposium Details