Sports and violence topic of URI's panel discussion
KINGSTON, R.I. -- November 22, 2000 -- Pick up any number of sports publications
and the subject is frequently violence. Yet sports can be used as an approach
to developing positive attitudes.
A panel of experts will discuss "Sports and Violence: Problem or
Solution?" on Tuesday, November 28 in the Barry Marks Auditorium,
Room 271 Chafee Social Science Center from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The panel is part
of the University of Rhode Island's Honors Colloquium Series "Nonviolence:
Legacies of the Past, Bridges to the Future." The program is free and
open to the public.
Panelists include Dan Doyle, executive director of the Institute for
International Sport at URI. Doyle founded the Institute in 1986, based on
his experiences in Europe as a prep basketball player and later visiting
Cuba as the head men's basketball coach of Trinity College. The Institute
is based on the concept of the power of sport as a medium to foster friendship
To achieve its objectives, the Institute focuses on the youth of the
international community. Doyle believes that the world's best hope for peace
lies in the hearts, hands, and early life experiences of the world's youth.
Education and cultural awareness, which enable future leaders to design
workable solutions, are at the core of the Institute.
Its initial program, Sports Corp, was launched in 1987 when the Institute
sent volunteers to Ireland, Burundi and Czechoslovakia. Expanding on the
model, Belfast United was launched in 1989. Designed to act as a medium
for cross-religious communication in Northern Ireland, Belfast United has
brought together equal numbers of Protestant and Catholic youth. Since its
advent, more than 350 young men and women have participated. When the peace
accord was signed in Northern Ireland, a number of Northern Ireland political
and educational figures pointed to Belfast United as one of the most meaningful
programs in bringing about the truce. The Sports Corp and Belfast United
model has expanded to include 150 countries around the globe.
Doyle also conceived the World-Scholar Athlete Games. The first games
were held in the summer of 1993 at URI to much acclaim. The second Games
followed in 1997. The third World Scholar-Athlete Games, slated for 2001,
are expected to host more than 2,000 participants, ages 15 to 19, representing
160 countries and all 50 states.
Other panelists include:
o Marcia Sage, currently on fellowship at the Institute for International
Sport. Sage is president and founder of The Sports Ethics Institute, a non-profit
organization recognized for its educational work and achievements in sports
ethics, including the first international conference on ethical issues in
sports. Sage's background includes the practice of law and service as a
tax and legal counsel in healthcare for various multinational employee benefit
consulting firm clients. She incorporated The Sports Ethics Institute in
the State of Florida. Among the SEI's current efforts is the joint production
with the Institute of International Sport of a conference on Ethics and
the Sports Media. The conference will immediately precede the 2001 World
o Sandy Padwe from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Before joining Columbia, Padwe was a senior editor at Sports Illustrated
for 12 years, directing coverage of professional football, basketball, boxing
and track and field, among others. He also directed reporting on major investigations
into corruption and abuses in the sports world. He currently serves as consultant
to ESPN. He has authored three books on basketball and golf and has been
named Sportswriter of the Year by the National Headliners Club.
o Richard E. Lapchick, founder and director of the Center for the Study
of Sport in Society. Since its inception in 1984, the Center has attracted
national attention to its pioneering efforts to ensure the education of
athletes from junior high school through the professional ranks. The Center's
Project TEAMWORK won the Peter F. Drucker Foundation Award as the nation's
most innovative non-profit program and was named by the Clinton Administration
as a model for violence prevention. The Center's MVP gender violence prevention
program has been so successful with college and high school athletes that
the U.S. Marine Corps adopted it in 1997.
For Information: Lynne Derbyshire, 874-4732, Art Stein,
Jan Sawyer, 874-2116