The Drexel Sport Management Student Union (SMTSU) has confirmed that Drexel University Director of Athletics Dr. Eric Zillmer and Program Director for the Sport and Development Project at Brown University Eli Wolff will speak at the first annual Sport For Social Change Conference at Drexel University on October 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Dr. Zillmer and Wolff will join Patrick Hruby of Sports on Earth and Jim Britt of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, who were announced late last month as speakers at the conference.
Dr. Eric A. Zillmer will present on the topic of
athletes giving back to their school and community. Dr. Zillmer is the Director
of Athletics and Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Neuropsychology at Drexel
University in Philadelphia. A licensed clinical psychologist who received his
doctorate in clinical psychology from Florida Tech, Zillmer completed internship
training at Eastern Virginia Medical School and a postdoctoral fellowship in
clinical neuropsychology at the University of Virginia Medical School.
his 16th year as Director of Athletics, Dr. Zillmer oversees all components of
the Athletics Department, which provides recreational opportunities and
programming for over 25,000 students and 6,000 faculty and professional staff.
During his tenure as AD, Dr. Zillmer was instrumental in the creation of the
Drexel athletics logo, extensive renovations at the Vidas Athletic Complex, the
creation of a new 84,000 square feet Rec Center, the transfer of the Armory to
Drexel University, and securing the winning bids for the 2008 Olympic Trials in
Table Tennis, the 2011-2013 U.S Open in squash, as well as the 2012 NCAA Men's
Lacrosse Quarterfinals at PPL Park and the 2013 NCAA Men's Lacrosse
Championship at Lincoln Financial Field.
He also serves on the Executive Board of the Philadelphia Sports
Congress, the Boards of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, the Austrian
Society of Pennsylvania, and the Dad Vail Organizing Committee and the Advisory
Board of SquashSmarts.
Eli A. Wolf will be presenting on the topic of sport for athletes with disabilities and how society can provide a more inclusive environment. Wolff received his bachelor's degree in sociology from Brown University in 2000 and his a PhD candidate in philosophy with a focus on Olympic studies at German Sport University Cologne.
Wolff is the Program Director of the Sport and Development Project at Brown
University. Wolff also serves as the Program Director for the Inclusive Sports
Initiative at the Institute for Human Centered Design, Program Director for the
Disability Sport Education Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana
Champaign, co-founder of the Olympism Project, and coordinator for the Power of
Sport Forum and the International Sport for Development and Peace Association. His
work focuses on the intersection of research, policy and practice to advance
sport and human rights, development and social change.
The Drexel SMTSU is working to confirm one last speaker that will be announced shortly. A tentative schedule for the Sport For Social Change Conference has been released.
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Stay tuned for further updates!