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Uncovering the Power of Sport

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Uncovering the Power of Sport — Navigating the Field of Sport for Development and Peace
Eli Wolff — Sport and Development Project, Brown University

Eli’s talk discussed the concept of “the power of sport” and navigated past, present and future to explore the growth and emergence of sport for development and peace. Eli discussed the intersection of Olympism and the Olympic Movement with the United Nations sport for development and peace activities. He shared work and his perspective on the relationship between sport as a human right and sport for development and peace, and how these complement and strengthen all levels and dimensions of those working to advance the power of sport. Eli utilized video, images and quotes, and made the case for an opportunity for increased media coverage and visibility of this engaged sport for development and peace community.

Read more about this talk in our blog post.


Eli Wolff is the program director of the Sport and Development Project at Brown University, which 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. Eli also serves as the director of the Inclusive Sports Initiative at the Institute for Human Centered Design, engaging research, education and advocacy to advance people with disabilities as integral members of the sporting community. From 2001 to 2010, Eli was the manager of research and advocacy at the Center for Sport in Society at Northeastern University. From 2003 to 2008, Eli led a global effort to include provisions addressing sport and recreation within the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Eli was a member of the United States Paralympic Soccer Team in the 1996 and 2004 Paralympic Games. Eli is a graduate of Brown University, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Olympic Studies through the German Sport University of Cologne.


Here are the videos Eli showed during his presentation.

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