Muhammad Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum

The Muhammad Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum is an annual program that convenes athletes, scholars, practitioners, policymakers and advocates who are all working to advance the realm of sport and social change through the practice of Muhammad Ali’s Six Core Principles:  Respect, Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Spirituality and Giving. The Muhammad Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum is organized in collaboration with Eli Wolff of the Power of Sport Lab, and Dr. Mary Hums of the University of Louisville.


The 2021 Forum will take place virtually on Thursday, June 24, 2021. The theme of the 2021 Forum will be "Collective Action and Amplifying the Political Power of Athletes and Sport."

The 2021 Forum seeks to give space and voice to collective action and the political power of athletes and sport. The Forum will focus on:

1. Engaging sport to further equality and inclusion
2. Using sport to promote justice and fight injustice
3. Mobilizing and organizing the political power of athletes and sport

The program aims to address a full spectrum of diverse groups when addressing sport and social change topics. Some of these include:
- voting rights
- criminal justice reform
- freedom of speech and protest
- racial and gender equality, disability inclusion, and LGBT rights
- rights of children and youth

The goal is to promote solidarity and allyship among and across these important areas of work.

Register here:

Please contact Erin Herbert or Eli Wolff  for more information about our Athletes and Social Change Forum.

2020 Forum

The 2020 Forum took place virtually on Thursday July 9 & Friday July 10. The theme of the 2020 Forum was “The role and impact of mentors and mentoring on the next generation of athletes and social change.” All of the sessions were recorded and can be enjoyed through the links below:

“The Greatness of Mentorship: Heart, Soul and Spirit”

Dr. Marion Keim, Foundation for Sport, Development and Peace; Dr. Lyndon Bouah, Western Cape Provincial Government , South Africa; and Mr. Warren Lucas, Youth Coordinator, Foundation for Sport, Development and Peace

“The Power of Connection”

Mr. Matt Meyersohn, MENTOR National; Mr. Dudney Sylla, MENTOR National; and Dr. Torie Weiston-Serdan, Youth Mentoring Action Network (YMAN)

“Mentoring is a Team Sport: Partnerships, Communities, and Working Together to Promote Social Change”

Dr. Sarah Hillyer, University of Tennessee Center for Sport, Peace, & Society | U.S. Department of State Global Sports Mentoring Program

"Applying Ubuntu as a Mentorship Framework for the Next Generation of Sport for Change Leaders"

Dr. Oscar Mwaanga

“Mentoring and Mindfulness: A Compassionate Approach to Flourishing through Sport”

Mr. Sam Parfitt & Mr. Laurence Halsted
The True Athlete Project

“Mentoring, Community Impact and Mobilizing Social Movements”

Lauren Lubin April, Women's Sports Foundation; Anne Lieberman, Athlete Ally; and Phaidra Knight

“Moments, Mentors & Movements: A Conversation with Two Emerging Leaders in Sport for Social Change”

Ms. Pharlone Toussaint, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA and Ms. Batouly Camara, Women and Kids Empowerment

“Mentoring through Sport in a Diverse World”

Dr. Akilah R. Carter-Francique
Institute for the Study of Sport, Society, and Social Change at San Jose State University


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