Call for proposals for the 4th annual Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum


Call for proposals for the 4th annual Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum

The 2016 forum will serve as a think tank on a Declaration for Human Rights in Sports and will be held on 8-9 April in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

The fourth annual Muhammad Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum, in partnership with University of Louisville, Brown University, and Athlete Ally, will take place on 8-9 April 2016 at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky. This year’s forum will focus on “Creating a Declaration for Human Rights in Sports”.

The goal of this year’s forum is to bring together thought leaders from diverse areas of sports advocacy for a think tank on the potential scope, impact, and framing of a Declaration for Human Rights in Sports. The forum also intends to outline the rights of every athlete, as well as define the responsibilities of global sports communities to provide their athletes equality of access, opportunity, and experience.

The forum welcomes practitioners, scholars, policymakers, athletes, and advocates who are working to advance the realm of athletes and social change through Ali’s six core principles: Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality.

The time is now for fully addressing and articulating the rights of athletes and rights of all stakeholders at all levels of sports. This forum aims to contribute significantly to bringing development, peace, and human rights to the forefront in sports,” said Eli Wolff, director of Sports and Development Project, Brown University.

A new partner for this year’s forum is Athlete Ally. According to founder and executive director, Hudson Taylor, “Sport is universal, and the values of good sporting behaviour, and treating all people with dignity and respect, should be universal too. Athlete Ally is proud to be partnering with the Ali Center to help set the standard for human rights accountability through sport. If human rights advocates in sport communicate and collaborate, there is nothing we cannot accomplish.

Call for proposals and registration
Abstracts for contribution can be practitioner or research based, and should be no longer than 250 words. They should be sent to the attention of Eli Wolff via We welcome proposals addressing human rights in sports and a Charter for Human Rights in Sport at the local, national, or international levels. The deadline for abstract proposals to present or contribute to the forum is 15 January 2016. To attend the forum, please register here. The cost is $100 for professionals and $50 for students.

Eli Wolff
Brown University

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