Milestones

Numerous significant programs have enriched the legacy of the Institute for International Sport. Below is an overview of landmark projects that have been administered by the Institute over the last two decades.

Drug Abuse in Sports Symposium
Held in June, 1987, the seminar sought to shed light on the growing problem of drug use in sports following the deaths of several high-profile athletes.

Project Burundi
It started with a letter in 1990 from U.S. Ambassador Cynthia Shepard Perry to Dan Doyle. It became a program that provided much needed assistance to this land-locked African country, including equipment and an historical trip to the United States by the Burundi National Men's Basketball Team.

1st National Sportsmanship Day
The first National Sportsmanship Day was observed on April 24, 1991. Over 2,000 schools participated that first year, and the Day was featured in a Sports Illustrated article entitled: "Making a List."

Peace & Understanding Through Sport Symposium
This three-day seminar in June 1988 was held to examine what role sport plays in international peace and understanding. Over twenty countries were represented at the seminar, which drew coverage throughout the world.

Ethics & Sportsmanship Symposium
This four-day symposium in June 1989 addressing ethical challenges for those involved in athletics was attended by several hundred athletes, coaches and administrators, who turned out to hear presentations by many big names in collegiate athletics.

Belfast United
The Institute's acclaimed Belfast United program was administered over a ten-year span starting in 1990. The program sent many coaches to Northern Ireland, including the legendary former Providence College men's basketball coach, Joe Mullaney.

Bill Bradley's Prediction
At a Washington, DC press conference in January 1992 to announce the creation of the World Scholar-Athlete Games, Senator Bill Bradley, who served as chair of the inaugural Games, made some predictions regarding their future.

Bud Collin's Boston Globe Article
In March 1993, Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun hosted a press conference at the Rhode Island State House to announce details of the first World Scholar-Athlete Games. Special guests included famed Boston Globe columnist and internationally known tennis analyst Bud Collins, who was very impressed with the concept of the Scholar-Athlete Games, and wrote a column saying just that in the Globe.

Bill Clinton Jog
Two weeks before the 1993 World Scholar-Athlete Games, the Institute received a call from the White House indicating that "President Clinton would like to jog with some of the participants in DC." The Institute sent a group of scholar-athletes and scholar-artists to Washington for a morning jog with President Clinton.

Opening Night in Newport, RI
The opening ceremony of the inaugural World Scholar-Athlete Games on June 21, 1993 was hailed by the media as an extraordinary celebration of international goodwill. During the ceremony featuring stars like Dionne Warwick and The Drifters, it rained everywhere in Rhode Island except a one mile radius around the site of the historic opening ceremonies!

First Flight of an African Dream Team
In 1994, Dan Doyle traveled to South Africa at the behest of the South African Basketball Federation on a trip designed to "jumpstart" interest in basketball. Initial efforts led to an historical 1995 trip to the United States by the South African Men's National Basketball Team, which was followed up by an on-going relationship between the Institute and South Africa, which has seen large South African delegations attend each Scholar-Athlete Games.

Sir Roger Bannister's Visit
In 2000, Sir Roger Bannister and his wife Moyra paid a visit to the Institute for induction into the International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame.

2005 Intercollegiate Renaissance Games
Following several pilot programs, the Institute hosted this event designed to integrate athletic and scholarly pursuits through a competition. Participants hailed from ten colleges in the U.S. and Australia.