Friday, October 4, 2013

Dr. Eric Zillmer and Eli Wolff Added to Sport For Social Change Conference Line-up

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. 

Now in 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!

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