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Athletes for Human Rights-Case for Scholar-Athlete-Activist

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Athletes for Human Rights-Case for Scholar-Athlete-Activist

  1. 1. Athletes for Human Rights: Making Case for Scholar-Athlete-Activist Mary Hums University of Louisville & Eli Wolff Brown University
  2. 2. “The sport, recreation and playdomain, far from being trivial, isessential for fully realizing thehuman rights promise.” -Hubbard, 2004
  3. 3. Athletes for Human Rights• Lawyers for Human Rights• Physicians for Human Rights
  4. 4. Current Environment?• Academic Culture (Nerds)• Athletics Culture (Jocks)• Community Engagement Culture (Hippies)
  5. 5. More Alike than Different?• Scholar• Athlete• Activist What are shared skills/knowledge? What is inter-relationship?
  6. 6. Activism“Activism is as vast as the humanimagination, as deep as the human mind, asbold as the human heart.”- William Ayers, Teaching TowardFreedom, 2004
  7. 7. Dimensions of Sport & Social Change“We identify four embedded dimensions of sport that have strongimplications for a progressive and activist political orientation. Thesedimensions are social consciousness, meritocracy, responsiblecitizenship, and interdependency. In conclusion, we make the case thatsports can and should be a vehicle for progressive social change.”“It is our belief that there are inherent qualities of sport and the athleticexperience that do indeed suggest an orientation toward progressivesocial change.” - Kaufman and Wolff (2010) Playing and Protesting: Sport as a Vehicle for Social Change
  8. 8. Supportive Environment? Paradigm Shift New Mindset Becomes the Norm Becomes Valued Viewed as Opportunity Viewed as Asset
  9. 9. Louisville Sports AdministrationTeaching- Courses- Research- Articles- Book chapters- Service- Cards Care- SPAD Club
  10. 10. Sport and Development Fellowship Brown UniversityThe Sport and Development Fellowshiprecognizes Brown University undergraduateswho have a record of excellence in academicsand sport, supporting these student-athletes toembark on innovative research or appliedprojects, exploring the intersection of sport andhuman rights within a particular context.
  11. 11. SportsCorpsSportsCorps harnesses the passion anddedication of youth leaders who embrace theideals of service and community activism, whileutilizing the vehicle of sport to make lastingimpact in communities around the globe.• Student Initiatives• Leadership Initiatives
  12. 12. Embracing the Scholar-Athlete-Activist• Give Voice• Give a Home and a Platform• Give Support and Encouragement Athletes for Human Rights Muhammad Ali Center
  13. 13. Athletes for Human Rights: Making Case for Scholar-Athlete-Activist Mary Hums University of Louisville & Eli Wolff Brown University