Muhammad Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum

2020 Theme: The role and impact of mentors and mentoring on the next generation of athletes and social change.

The Muhammad Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum will take place virtually on Thursday July 9 & Friday July 10.  There will be FREE registration and will be presented via a  Zoom Webinar. The Forum is designed to advance education, advocacy and research on the roles and contributions of athletes in promoting social change, human rights and development.

The theme of this annual event is: The role and Impact of Mentors and Mentoring on the Next Generation of Athletes and Social Change.

This year we will welcome scholars, practitioners, policymakers and advocates who are all  working to advance the realm of athletes and social change through Muhammad Ali’s Six Core Principles:  Respect, Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Spirituality and Giving.

On Thursday, July 9 from 11:30-1:30, join us for an Athletes Roundtable featuring some incredible athlete legends:

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Laila Ali, Boxer and daughter of Muhammad Ali
  • Aeneas Williams, NFL
  • Devin & Jason McCourty, NFL
  • Pau Gasol, NBA
  • Etan Thomas, NBA
  • Jason Collins, NBA
  • Billy Bean, MLB

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

  • John Carlos, Olympic track and field
  • Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic fencer
  • Race Imboden, Olympic fencer
  • Lex Gillette, Paralympic track and field
  • Gwen Berry, Olympic hammer thrower
  • Edwin Moses, Olympic track and field

Both sessions will be moderated by Doug Glanville (ESPN) and Matt Meyersohn (MENTOR National).

On Friday, July 10, the Forum will also explore the following topics and 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 who work 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 both mainstream and social media on how athletes can affect social change.
6. The intersection and convergence of athletes, sports, and politics.

Click Here for the Agenda.

Link to Registration:

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

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