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Global Conference on Sport for Social Change

Tuesday, Apr. 3 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.

This year's conference theme is commemorating the 1968 Mexico Summer Olympics.

The Olympic games have become a global spectacle and echo of diversity in the form of development and sports participation at the elite level. The Olympics attract participants and spectators from all walks of life, and engender intercultural understanding, as well as promote social and economic development globally. Hosting Olympic games permeates the sport industry as well as social, political, and economic spheres of human life.

This year's conference aims to showcase the extent to which the Olympics have impacted development and population welfare through the decades to the present days, indicate ways to ameliorate social and economic predicaments facing underrepresented groups, while providing avenues through which Olympic games and other sporting activities can be used to effectively tackle issues of diversity and inclusion in society.

Keynote Speakers

Dikaia Chatziefstathiou of Canterbury Christ Church University is an expert in Olympic studies, and her work on the ideology of Olympism and values has been widely published and cited in peer-reviewed academic journals nationally and internationally. She is the winner of the inaugural Coubertin Prize in 2008, awarded by the International Olympic Committee and the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee for her qualitative research on Pierre de Coubertin's writings and speeches.

Delise S. O'Meally is executive director of the Institute for Sport and Social Justice, which uses the power of sport to effect positive societal change. In her position, O'Meally is responsible for strategic planning, leadership, fundraising, operational planning, and managing the activities of the organization, and she also plays a primary role in the organization's human trafficking awareness program. A former collegiate tennis player from Montego Bay, Jamaica, O'Meally has been involved in athletics administration for more than 21 years, with almost 17 years of service at the National Collegiate Athletic Association. She is a prominent voice in international university sports, serving as the secretary general of the United States International University Sports Federation (the third secretary general in that organization's 50-year history and the first woman in that role).

Michele K. Donnelly is assistant professor of sport administration at Kent State University, where she teaches courses on the sociology of sport, sport and globalization, sport media, and research methods. Her research is focused on gender and alternative and understudied social practices and subcultures in the realm of leisure (such as home improvement, roller derby, skateboarding). She also conducts research about sport governance, particularly alternative and athlete-driven models of sport governance, including women's role in sport governance. She has co-authored a series of gender equality audits and analyses for the International Olympic Committee and is co-editor of "Youth Culture and Sport: Identity, Power, & Politics" (Routledge, 2007) and "Physical Culture, Ethnography, and the Body: Theory, Method, & Praxis" (Routledge, 2017). She is now completing a book titled "Women's Flat Track Roller Derby: The Revolution Continues."


  • Participant: $75 (on or before March 16); $100 (March 17 or later; includes conference sessions, handouts, and refreshment breaks)
  • Participant with hotel accommodations: $375 (on or before March 16); $400 (March 17 or later; includes hotel accommodations on April 2, 3, and 4 at the Holiday Inn Express; continental breakfast on April 3, 4, and 5 at the Holiday Inn Express; conference sessions, handouts, and refreshment breaks)
  • Graduate student presenter: $25 (on or before March 16); $50 (March 17 or later; includes conference sessions, handouts, and refreshment breaks)
  • Graduate or undergraduate student participant: There is no charge for graduate or undergraduate students to attend. Please register so we can have a name tag for you at registration (includes conference sessions, handouts, and refreshment breaks)
  • Awards luncheon: $30 (Please join us for the awards luncheon on April 4. This event is not included in the registration fees listed above.)


Registration and cancellation deadline: March 27

Cancellation and refund policy: All cancellations must be submitted via email before the cancellation deadline in order to receive a full refund. Cancellations after the cancellation deadline are non-refundable. If cancellation is not made by the deadline, and you are not able to attend, you or your organization is still liable for payment.

Registration transfer: If you have registered for an event but cannot attend, you may transfer your registration to another person. Simply email 48 hours before the event with the registration information of the person who will attend.


UGA Hotel & Conference Center
Athens, GA