International conference explores diversity

Kennesaw State has theunique privilege to host a one−of−a−kind event in Atlanta this fall.The 2005 International SummitEffecting Social Change through Women’s Leadership in Sport forum was created to raise worldwide awareness of the powerfulmix between women and sports.

Georgia (Sep 28, 2005) — Kennesaw State has the unique privilege to host a one−of−a−kind event in Atlanta this fall. The 2005 International Summit Effecting Social Change through Women’s Leadership in Sport forum was created to raise worldwide awareness of the powerful mix between women and sports.

“KSU’s hosting this event is significant because it’s the only one that will be held in the United States on behalf of the United Nations program‚ ‘Year of Physical
Education and Sport‚’Mike Spino‚ director of international sport education‚ said.

“We are honored to have a central role in the commemoration of the event.”

The university’s active participation in the U.N. Youth Sports Program was the springboard that catapulted KSU into action. “The U.N. youth sport initiative was inaugurated by Secretary−General Kofi Annan in 2002 to use sport as a mechanism to support the Millennium Development Goals‚” Spino said. “These are the main objectives and goals of the U.N. until the year 2015.

“Two of the goals‚ gender equity and global partnerships‚ are tied into the questions being raised at the conference.”

Approximately 300 participants are expected to convene Oct. 20‚ for the two−day conference. Early registration indicates global representation from countries
such as Kenya‚ Uganda‚ Kosovo and Somalia. Adolf Ogi‚ special advisor to the Secretary−General of the U.N. on Sport for Development and Peace‚ will open the summit.

The conference offers a mix of U.S. and international sport leaders and academic sport education experts in sessions focusing on how social change is effected by
women’s leadership and how sports can be used as a strategy for community development.

The speaker’s list is a who’s who in sport leadership including‚ pioneering sports broadcaster Lesley Visser‚ Jordanian Olympic team member Princess Haya Bint
Al Hussein and Christine Shelton‚ co−chair for the Project on Women and Social Change and exercise and sport science professor at Smith College.

“It’s a conference about women‚ but it’s not just a women’s conference‚” Spino said. “The conference is concerned with diversity and how sports can be infused
with a different perspective.”


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