Each year, our team presents at the Muhammad Ali Athletes and Social Change Forum at the Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky. In fact, it's where our project began! We are inspired by Muhammad Ali's use of sport to further humanitarian efforts, and we are proud to continue his legacy.
The 2016 forum focused on "Creating a Declaration of Human Rights in Sports"
Overview (AliCenter.org) The Forum is designed to advance education, advocacy, and research on the role and contribution of athletes toward social change, human rights, and development. We welcome practitioners, scholars, policymakers, athletes, and advocates who are working to advance the realm of athletes and social change through the six core values of Muhammad Ali: Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality.
This Forum will focus on the following considerations: 1. The roles and responsibilities athletes have beyond the playing field. 2. The ways athletes can serve as educators and advocates to address social problems within and outside of sports. 3. How the global sporting community encourages or discourages athletes working in the realm of social change. 4. The roles educational institutions play in providing grounding for athletes to make the connections between athletics, academics, and the community. 5. The role and impact of media in how athletes can affect social change. 6. The intersection and convergence of athletes, sports, and politics.
We are so grateful to the Ali Center and to Eli Wolff, True Athlete Project Advisory Board member, for giving us the opportunity to present here. We encourage everyone to visit the magnificent Center. www.alicenter.org