ISDPA and the Power of Sport

The ISDPA (International Sport for Development and Peace Association) “brings together scholars, educators, practitioners, policymakers and advocates to advance scientific knowledge and practice with respect to the interdisciplinary field of sport for development and peace. The field addresses the role of sport as a vehicle for social change, with a particular focus on youth, health, peace, disability, gender, human rights, and monitoring and evaluation. In doing so, the ISDPA is better able to support quality academic and field-based research through a rigorous peer-review process while also obtaining the long-term involvement and commitment from an array of individual experts from diverse professions and backgrounds.”

The first official gathering of the ISDPA is taking place at the 2010 Power of Sport Summit, June 10-12, 2010 at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. The Power of Sport Summit “is an interactive and participatory meeting of scholars, educators, practitioners, policymakers, and advocates working together to define and address both current and emerging issues involving the intersection of sport and social change.”

You can still attend this event due to the power of the Internet. You can participate virtually by signing up at  You can also view the Conference Schedule by clicking here.

We wish Eli Wolff and the team at Northeastern’s Sport in Society the best of luck. This is sure to be a terrific event.

About Sport in Society, a Northeastern University Center
Sport in Society is the world’s leading social justice organization that uses sport to create social change. The flagship organization located in the heart of Boston, Mass. was founded in 1984 by Dr. Richard Lapchick. Through research, education, and advocacy the center works locally, nationally, and internationally to promote physical activity, health, violence prevention, and diversity among young people, adults, and college and professional athletes. Sport in Society’s innovative programs are all staffed by former college, Olympic, or professional athletes and has been awarded America’s most successful violence prevention program by Lou Harris, the Peter F. Drucker Award as the most innovative non-profit program in the social sector. Visit Sport in Society at for more information.