Kennesaw State forges unique sports partnership with Egyptian universities

Kennesaw State University is entering into a partnership with the Egyptian University Sports Federation (EUSF) to advance athletic opportunities for persons with disabilities in Egypt and other countries.(For the complete story‚ please click on the headline above.)

Georgia (Jun 26, 2008) — Kennesaw State University is entering into a partnership with the Egyptian University Sports Federation (EUSF) to advance athletic opportunities for persons with disabilities in Egypt and other countries.

The agreement is the only one of its kind between an American academic institution and the Egyptian University Sports Federation‚ the government organization charged with organizing all sports activities in Egypt’s public and private universities. The agreement‚ effective immediately‚ establishes an exchange of students‚ faculty and staff‚ as well as joint programs and conferences in the field of health and exercise science.

KSU President Daniel S. Papp signed the agreement with Essam El−Helaly‚ general secretary of the Egyptian University Sports Federation‚ this week at Kennesaw State University.

“We are very pleased that we are expanding cooperation with our Egyptian partners‚” said Papp. “This is yet another milestone as Kennesaw State steps forward as an international university.”

In October‚ KSU plans to collaborate with the Egyptian organization in programs aimed at youth sports education and expanding athletic opportunities for persons with disabilities‚ according to Ben Johnson‚ associate dean for community partnerships and global initiatives at KSU’s WellStar College of Health and Human Services.

An exchange of 20 Egyptian youth with disabilities is planned for this fall‚ allowing them to come to KSU for leadership training in partnership with BlazeSports America —which provides training‚ competitions‚ summer camps and other opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities.

The EUSF‚ in partnership with KSU and Paralympic bodies‚ hopes to establish a major international championship for university athletes by 2010‚ El−Helaly said.

“I believe this is a very important and beneficial partnership between our two organizations‚” he said Essam El−Helaly. “This will prove to be a unique experience in learning from one another in how to manage athletics programs‚ as well as how to enhance sporting education.”

The Kennesaw State−Egypt connection stems partly from relationships Johnson‚ who is also professor of health‚ physical education and sport science at KSU‚ has forged throughout the years. While at Georgia State University‚ he was involved with the State Department’s International Sport Programming Initiative — a public−diplomacy effort launched after 9/11 to forge athletic links between American institutions and those in Muslim and other countries with the goal of enhancing mutual understanding with nations of strategic importance to the U.S. This work has continued at Kennesaw State University in concert with BlazeSports America‚ garnering $1.5 million from the State Department in grants and in−kind contributions.

The agreement between KSU and the Egyptian sports organization solidifies the university’s budding ties with this Arab country.

In May‚ Papp entered into similar agreements with Alexandria University and Helwan University in Cairo. A key goal is to establish a center for educating disabled people and those who teach‚ coach‚ live and work with them. Alexandria University also is working with the Bagwell College of Education to expand services and education for children with disabilities.

KSU’s international partnerships with academic institutions abroad are just some examples of how the university is stepping up to meet Kennesaw State’s commitment to enhance global learning. The university’s “Get Global” initiative is an effort to enhance global learning opportunities for all students‚ faculty and staff.

For more about KSU’s efforts for persons with disabilities‚ read the Fall 2007 issue of Kennesaw State University Magazine‚ available for download in PDF format at:

A publication−quality photo of the signing is available at:

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Caption: KSU President Daniel S. Papp (far right) exchanges gifts with Faten Abd El−Latif‚ dean of the faculty of kindergarten at Alexandria University in Egypt‚ while Essam El−Helaly‚ general secretary of the Egyptian University Sports Federation in Cairo‚ Egypt‚ looks on. Papp and El−Helaly signed an agreement on June 23 establishing a partnership with KSU and the EUSF. Photo: Jim Bolt


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