Sport and Development Project

The Sport and Development Project at Brown University aims to advance the growing field of sport and social change. The project works with academic and community partners to better understand how sport can be utilized to improve the human condition on a local and global scale. 

With national and international organizations increasingly looking toward sport and physical activity as a way to approach humanitarian and development objectives, the project involves scholars, students, practitioners, policymakers, and athletes in inquiry and advocacy.

A major objective is to address inequality and discrimination within and through sports, and to encourage and foster opportunity, respect, dignity, inclusion, and acceptance.  The project works to see sport in a different way, to change the way we typically define sport, and to enhance the role of sport in community development.

The programs and activities of the Sport and Development Project include:

- Athletes for Human Rights

- Disability in Sport

- International Day of Sport 

- International Sport for Development and Peace Association

- Olympism and Development 

- Power of Sport Media Lab

- Rhythm + Flow

- Royce Fellowship for Sport and Society 

- Students for Sport and Development

 

Contact:

Eli A. Wolff
Sport and Development Project
Brown University
Phone: 617-869-8027
Email: Eli_Wolff@brown.edu

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Eli Wolff | March 11th, 2014
    The 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games are underway, in the same city and same venues as the Olympic Games, and a unified Paralympic and Olympic spirit embraces the two Games. The Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect converge with the...
  • Eli Wolff | February 25th, 2014
    Children kick a football around a refugee camp. Girls dance in a makeshift studio put together after a tsunami. Men and women from areas of conflict share information about how to stay safe and healthy through physical activity. For all these people...
  • Eli Wolff | February 10th, 2014
    ICSSPE Special News EditionInternational Day of Sport for Development and Peace International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE) to release a Special News Edition on the United Nations International Day of Sport for...
  • Eli Wolff | January 16th, 2014
    (article written for Next Step 2014: Using Sport for Good Sport for Development Conference)  One way to think about inclusion is as a process, a journey, going from exclusion to inclusion. Another way to think about it is going from...
  • Eli Wolff | October 2nd, 2013
    The time has come to go beyond the status quo of who gets to participate in sport. Let's envision every sport, recreation and physical activity program in the U.S. and worldwide as an opportunity for inclusion, for participation by those on the...
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    Eli Wolff | August 25th, 2013
      23 August 2013 – The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 6 April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, as the body’s President hailed the decision a “historic” step in recognizing the power of sport to erase...
  • Eli Wolff | August 10th, 2013
    A Secretary of Sport and Physical Activity can serve several important goals, such as encouraging increased youth participation, promoting healthier lifestyles, and increasing access to sport and physical activity. Far more must be done to ensure...
  • Eli Wolff | July 9th, 2013
    A day-long online forum for dialogue, networking and community building, honoring Nelson Mandela and his contributions to the sport for social change sector. “Sport has the power to change the world…it has the power to inspire. It has the power to...
  • Eli Wolff | July 1st, 2013
      How do you read and interpret Olympism?     Fundamental Principles of Olympism 1. Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture...
  • Eli Wolff | June 9th, 2013
    "Recommends the establishment of an International Day of Sport...to advocate and celebrate the contributions to education, human development, healthy lifestyles and a peaceful world." - UN-IOC Sport for Development and Peace Forum Declaration (June...
  • Eli Wolff | April 2nd, 2013
    The Muhammad Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum, held on March 29 - 30, 2013 at the Ali Center in Louisville, KY, was an engaging and productive gathering. The Forum is an innovative new conference designed to advance...
  • Eli Wolff | March 14th, 2013
    The Inclusive Sports Initiative has launched a petition to garner worldwide support from all athletes to pledge solidarity to one another.  The petition emphasizes inclusion, equality, and dignity for all athletes.  By joining forces we...
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    Eli Wolff | February 23rd, 2013
    We are very pleased to announce that the video entry "Our Time Has Come" by the Endless Abilities team of Zachary Bastian, Harvey Burrell, Tripp Clemens, and Will Humphrey, has been selected as winners of the #HOWCOOLISTHAT video...
  • Eli Wolff | January 13th, 2013
    We are very pleased to announce the Muhammad Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum to advance education, advocacy and research on the role and contribution of athletes toward and within social change, human rights and development....
  • Eli Wolff | December 2nd, 2012
    Special Olympics International and Brown University’s Sport and Development Project Launch New Report (Providence/Washington DC, December 3, 2012) On the occasion of December 3, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities, with...
  • Eli Wolff | September 29th, 2012
    On Friday, September 14, 2012, a side-event panel was held during the 5th Conference of State Parties for the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). The panel focused on the implementation of Article 30.5 of the UNCRPD,...
  • Eli Wolff | June 25th, 2012
    The term "Sport for Development and Peace" refers to the “intentional use of sport to achieve specific development and peace building objectives," “usually in third world countries or impoverished first world communities.” Over the past decade more...
  • Eli Wolff | June 4th, 2012
    Eli Wolff, Mary Hums and Ted Fay reflect on whether London 2012 will lead to a greater inclusion of persons with disabilities "The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practising sport, without...
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    Eli Wolff | January 2nd, 2012
    I love the power of sport because of the way that it brings me into contact with so many amazing people around the world that have a vision and an understanding for the opportunity and potential for sport to have a positive role in our global...
  • Eli Wolff | December 23rd, 2011
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Project GOAL has teamed up with the SportsCorps group and Sport and Development Project at Brown University.  SportsCorps is made up of students from the Brown community who wish to volunteer for sport for social change...
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    Eli Wolff | December 22nd, 2011
    A Brown University Documentary about the Paralympics and Disability in Sport
  • Eli Wolff | October 21st, 2011
      Students at colleges and universities are beginning to find ways to utilize sport as a platform for social change. Students are taking up initiatives to use sport as a catalyst to promote and engage in community development, social...
  • Eli Wolff | August 21st, 2011
      We are pleased to announce the launch of SportsCorps, a program of the Fitzgerald Youth Sports Institute. SportsCorps will provide current college students and recent college graduates with semester- and full-year experiences engaging in...
  • Eli Wolff | August 9th, 2011
    The Power of Sport Media Lab at Brown University is proud to launch ‘Uplifting Sports’ as the next step in our movement to bring more awareness to "power of sport" stories through mainstream sports media outlets. 'Uplifting Sports' taps into the...
  • Eli Wolff | August 2nd, 2011
      We at the Power of Sport Media Lab at Brown University have been working to build more awareness of Sport for Development (SFD) through mainstream sports media outlets. Over the past few months we have conducted interviews with...
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    Eli Wolff | July 19th, 2011
      “It belongs to everyone… It’s one of the most striking and important symbols…It’s an expression of universality and brotherhood of the world.” - Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee, August 2008 The...
  • Eli Wolff | July 6th, 2011
      The Olympics are a global celebration of humanity and the spirit of doing one’s best in accordance with competing against the best in the world.  It is a great honor to represent one’s country in the Olympics and with this honor come...
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    Eli Wolff | July 5th, 2011
        To be gifted is typically associated with those who exhibit exceptional academic or musical talent, however gifted should embody much more than just a select group of people. It should embody staff members, coaches, athletes, and...
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    Eli Wolff | July 5th, 2011
      The Power of Sport Media Lab examines how we communicate, tell stories and frame messages related to sport and social change in the media. The Power of Sport Media Lab is a place to test, innovate and analyze various messages, strategies, and...
  • Eli Wolff | June 8th, 2011
    Sport is a universal tool with the power to develop individuals and communities by teaching lessons of teamwork, discipline, dedication and achievement. These skills aid in empowering individuals and communities to overcome challenges and obstacles...
  • Eli Wolff | January 24th, 2011
    The Olympism and Development Center at Brown University reflects a commitment to furthering an understanding and awareness of the intersection between Olympism, development, peace and human rights. The Olympism and Development Center is a program...
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    Eli Wolff | December 16th, 2010
    The CARE Sports for Social Change Initiative is a wonderful example of utilizing the power of sport as a vehicle for development. I wanted to be able to share this to contribute to our global conversation on sport and development in a global context...
  • Eli Wolff | December 11th, 2010
    In recent years there has been an international movement associated with using sport to assist social development within society. Governments, universities and organizations have produced a range of programs covering a broad range of social issues...
  • Eli Wolff | December 6th, 2010
     At the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Games, Dr. Robert Steadward, former President of the International Paralympic Committee was interviewed in the Vancouver Sun regarding his view of the future of the Paralympic Games. In the article, Steadweard...