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 hosted in partnership with MENTOR National, the Power of Sport Lab, and Dr. Mary Hums of the University of Louisville.

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:

2020 Athlete Roundtable

Featuring Laila Ali, Aeneas Williams, Devin & Jason McCourty, Pau Gasol, Etan Thomas, Jason Collins, Billy Bean, Dr. John Carlos, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Race Imboden, Lex Gillette, Gwen Berry, and Dr. Edwin Moses

“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


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

2020 Muhammad Ali Center :: All Rights Reserved