Call for Papers | 3rd Annual Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum Will Focus on Athlete Activism | April 3-4, Louisville, KY

Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville, Kentucky.
Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville, Kentucky.

The 3rd Annual Muhammad Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum will take place April 3-4 in Louisville, KY with the theme, Athlete Activism: Past, Present and Future. 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: Respect, Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Spirituality and Giving.

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.
Abstracts are invited for contribution to the Athletes and Social Change Forum. Abstracts can be practitioner or research, should be no longer than 250 words, and are due Monday February 16th, 2015 and should be sent to the attention of Eli Wolff via
To attend the forum, please register here. Registration fee for the conference is $100 for professionals and $50 for students. If you have difficulty with the registration link, please copy the following URL into your browser:
Please contact Marcel Parent via or Eli Wolff via with any questions.
Marcel Parent,Muhammad Ali Center
Eli Wolff, Brown University
Mary Hums,University of Louisville
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