Theory of Change:
When leaders have the appropriate awareness, organization, and tools, they have the capacity to leverage the immense resources and status of sport to implement innovative and impactful solutions that will help solve the unique issues of health, safety and inclusion facing underserved communities. This belief is evidenced by the growing number of organizations and individuals participating in sport and social change activities – who are using the resources and appeal of sport as a platform for education and advocacy. However, there remains within this movement a need for greater coordination, resource building and professional development for its expanding body of emerging leaders. Our strategy is therefore to educate, support and unite leaders to use sport as a vehicle for strengthening our local and global communities. As a result of our efforts, Sport in Society will empower the sports community to work together in ensuring that every person has the opportunity to develop within a safe, healthy and inclusive environment in order to become a self-aware, contributing member of society.
The Center for the Study of Sport in Society uses the power of sport to foster diversity, prevent men’s violence against women, eradicate youth violence and empower the sport-based youth development network to create access, opportunity and sustainable impact for all people.
The Center educates and supports emerging leaders and organizations within sport with the awareness, knowledge and skills to implement innovative and impactful solutions for social change. As a result, we unite the global sports industry under a shared mission of social responsibility. We focus our efforts on issues related to building communities that are healthy, safe and inclusive. Topical areas of work include: leadership, healthy development, diversity and inclusion, violence prevention, community building, community service, and civic engagement. We achieve our mission through:
- Socially responsible leadership education and professional development, including: Academic Programs, Professional Certificate Programs, Workshops and Awareness Raising Sessions, Train the Trainer Modules, Conferences and Events
- Consulting and capacity building, including: Community Organizing and Network Building, Program Development and Curriculum Design, Strategic Planning and Facilitation, Workforce Development, Volunteer Training and Coordination, Program Evaluation.