United Nations special adviser to speak at Kennesaw State University

Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary−General on Sport for Development and Peace…

Georgia (Apr 8, 2005) — United Nations special adviser to speak at Kennesaw State University

Frances Weyand


Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary−General on Sport for Development and Peace‚ Adolf Ogi will help Kennesaw State University celebrate the opening of its new Convocation Center on Monday‚ April 11th. Ogi‚ the former President of Switzerland‚ comes to Kennesaw State in recognition of the university’s partnership with the United Nations during the UN International Year of Sport and Physical Education.

Ogi’s yearlong mission is to assist organizations throughout the world in utilizing sport as a vehicle to improve society. United Nations Secretary−General Kofi Annan is a strong advocate for the power of sport involvement to enhance people’s existence. He says‚ “people in every nation love sport. Its values−− fitness‚ fair play‚ teamwork‚ the pursuit of excellence” are universal. Sport itself provides the groundwork for collaboration‚ and it inherently teaches the principles of leadership and character development so important in fostering socio−economic improvement.

In metro Atlanta‚ high school‚ college and professional sport teams have wide support‚ however‚ sports−related problems‚ such as childhood obesity‚ lack of positive community direction and the knowledge of how to use sport to improve society‚ are also prevalent. Kennesaw State has already worked internationally in the field‚ with its partner‚ the ILO International Labor Office’s Universites program‚ a specialized agency of the UN‚ conducting sport leadership programs in El Salvador‚ Albania and Senegal‚ assessing the needs of the youth and building at KSU a curriculum for young future leaders through Sport.

Mr. Ogi’s address will encourage area leaders‚ coaches‚ teachers‚ and children to use the regular practice of sport as a way to improve education and health‚ and to form a lasting peace. This event‚ scheduled for Monday‚ April 11 at 10:00 a.m is free and open to the public. For more information or reservations‚ contact Mike Spino‚ Director of International Sport Education at KSU at mspino@kennesaw.edu or call 678−797−2032.


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing population of 18‚000 from 132 countries. The third largest university in the state‚ and a member of the 34−institution University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu