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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Sport, Peace, and Society: A Local and Global Perspective

Ashleigh Huffman, Clinical Assistant ProfessorSarah Hillyer, Clinical Assistant ProfessorCollege of Education, Health and Human Sciences - Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport Studies

​The presentation will highlight our use of sport to promote community development, global solidarity, and female empowerment. In the last twenty years, we have implemented groundbreaking sports development projects in ten different countries, including Iran, Iraq, Israel, Turkey, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, China, Inner Mongolia, and Zimbabwe. In the fall of 2010, we also co-developed an undergraduate service-learning class designed to use sport, physical activity, and recreation as a way to assist a growing number of Iraqi refugees in their transition to the Knoxville community. As a result of our international experiences and local service, we have been invited to launch the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society at the University of Tennessee. The center will be the academic hub for interdisciplinary research in the area of sport for development.

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