IPID Talk 4/27: Sport and Development

Topic: The Role of Sport in Development
Speaker: Christina Kwauk, Ph. D. Candidate, CIDE
Date: April 27, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location: Room 70, Minnesota Population Center, Willey Hall

Taking into account how busy everyone must be at this time in the semester, Christina has selected some videos for you to watch before coming to the talk and also highlighted a few websites that will give you a basic gist of the sport in development movement. And, if you do have the time, she's also attached an article for your reading pleasure.

Brief introduction to sport and development: (websites)

Video: History of Right to Play (4:54, 1st video in gallery); An introduction to how Right to Play... (5:57, 3rd video in gallery)
Video: 1Goal: World's greatest lesson (6:46)
If you're interested, here's the organization link for 1Goal:
CNN/Inside Africa Report: Kenyan American Soccer Exchange (2:30)
If you want to watch a longer version:
Video: An enduring journey: The Kenyan American Soccer Exchange (9:53)
Optional article:
Coalter, F. (2010). The politics of sport-for-development: Limited focus programmes and broad gauge problems? International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 45(3): 295-314.
  • 12:00-12:10 Introduction of the topic.

  • 12:10-12:50 Structured discussion. 

  • 12:50-1:00 Last thoughts.

Questions framing the discussion
    1.    Based on the videos you watched and on the quote below from Right to Play founder Johann Koss, in what ways does the sport in development movement try to capture our attention or move us to action?
"Sport for development is a tool to help make the world healthier and safer, to build opportunities for children to grow physically, emotionally, and socially. They learn respect for themselves, for rules, for their teammates, respect for their own communities and for other communities. When kids play, the world wins."
    a.    Within your discipline or area of study, how do you interpret this strategy?
    2.    Based on your disciplinary training, what critical issues, theoretical or practical implications are raised from using sport as a tool to achieve international development goals like universal education, eradication of HIV/AIDS, peace, etc.?
    3.    From what perspective on development is the sport in development movement operating on?
    a.    How might an interdisciplinary perspective shift the conceptualization and practice of sport in development?
    4.    What role do celebrity athletes, sports organizations (i.e., FIFA), and sport corporations (i.e., Nike) play in development?
    a.    What might the future of development practice look like with their continued participation?
    b.    What trends in development might support or derail their participation?

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