Mission 16: Sport is HOME

December 6th, 2013 | Uncategorized

This week, the scholars in Belfast and I got invited to a lecture. Not just any lecture, but an Inaugural Professorial Lecture entitled “Let’s Play Ball: The Role of Sport and Higher Education in Building Better Communities” which was given by Professor Deirdre Brennan, who is the Co- Founder of Sport Changes Life.


Professor Brennan grew up with sports in her life from running track to playing basketball. After graduating in 1987, she knew that she was going to change the world. It wasn’t about whether, but how? The answer was found through sport which is something that has helped her get to where she is today. Which brings me back to the purpose of her lecture, which is using sports in higher education to help better the community, any community at that, (disadvantaged or not). She explained it in 8 key lessons which were drawn up with her research. She used examples of Ulster Sport Outreach Programs and Sport Changes Life, which are two programs that I am involved in that are impacting young children’s lives through sport in order to enhance academic and athletic knowledge which in turn will better their futures. It was a great lecture, and I simply want to say, Thank You and leave you with a quote:


“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela


#uuj #victory #scl #ripnelsonmandela

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