“The programming coming out of the World Youth Peace Summit is directed at creating projects that will help people to learn to stop fighting.” - Dan Doyle, Closing Ceremonies, 2011 World Youth Peace Summit
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Institute for International Sport News: August 2013
The Encyclopedia of Sports Parenting, Volume II
Skyhorse Publishing has announced the publication of The Encyclopedia of Sports Parenting, Volume II. Volume I was the winner of Foreword Book Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award. Volume II features updated chapters from Volume I, as well as several new chapters written by Dan Doyle, including a short story entitled: A Single Mom, A Son and a Guardian Angel. You can preview that short story here.
Volume II can be purchased in bookstores, and online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other online book outlets.
Institute for International Sport News: August 2013
The Namibian Scholar-Athlete Games!
A Step Toward 2016
By all accounts, the 2011 World Youth Peace Summit and World Scholar Athlete Games was one of the most successful events in the 27-year history of the Institute for International Sport. Read some remarkable testimonials from the 2011 event.
The 2011 World Youth Peace Summit and World Scholar-Athlete Games attracted speakers such as General Colin Powell and Nobel Prize Winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In addition, approximately 45 countries sent delegations. But there was disappointment; many other countries attempted to send delegations, only to be faced with daunting challenges in obtaining visas. The problem was most prevalent in Africa. As an example, the country of Ghana had selected 125 highly accomplished Scholar-Athletes and Scholar-Artists to attend the 2011 event, only to find out weeks before the event that their visas had been delayed until August, one full month after the closing ceremonies.
Following the 2011 World Scholar-Athlete Games and World Youth Peace Summit, Dan Doyle and his team at the Institute for International Sport decided to address the problem by focusing attention on Scholar-Athlete Games initiatives in Africa. As good luck would have it, Namibia took an interest in hosting a Scholar-Athlete Games. Following a series of discussions, the event took place July 12-14 in Rundu. It was a major success!
Paz Magat and Andrew Hippert represented the World Scholar-Athlete Games at the event
Read Andrew Hippert’s journal
Read Paz Magat’s journal
See photos from the event
Visit the Institute for International Sport Facebook page to see video from the event
The Namibian Scholar-Athlete Games will lead to more Scholar-Athlete Games initiatives in various African countries, all part of a grand plan leading up to the 2016 World Scholar-Athlete Games. Scholar-Athlete Games are now being planned in Namibia and Zimbabwe, with all efforts aimed at a 2015 African Scholar-Athletes Games which will help qualified African scholar-athletes and scholar-artists to secure visas in plenty of time to participate in the 2016 World Scholar-Athlete Games.
We will keep you posted on our “African Mission.”
Institute for International Sport News: July 2013
Namibia Scholar-Athlete Games
Andrew Hippert and Paz Magat have just returned from the highly successful Namibia Scholar-Athlete Games. It is our plan to continue to develop Scholar-Athlete Games initiatives in Africa, leading to a 2015 African Scholar-Athlete Games.
In the near future, we will be posting additional information on our Institute website, including photos and journals kept by Andrew and Paz. Here is a brief overview of Andrew’s thoughts upon his return last week.
Namibia – Preserving the UnityIs it the land of promise and hope?
Or is it only filled with the cries of sorrow and despair?
Such a beautiful land of culture and people
All united in their love of life and simplicity
The land is dry but the tradition is fertile full of customs, rich with dancing and keen to understanding
How can a place that has witnessed so much evil, be full of so much happiness
The 13 regions comprise this extraordinary place each with its own language but united through its history
With its German food and German roads, the scent of colonialism is still fresh
Personified through the slums of Windhoek and Rundu versus the Hilton and high rises
Despite all this, the power of sport once again provides clarity in a land full of confusion
The Kavango brought out its finest and brightest young minds to this historic event, to meet the two Americans
They sang, they danced, they played, they discussed, they grew, they laughed, they smiled and they learned
In the end, it was Dan Doyle's vision becoming a reality, in this far off land, absent of distraction and materialism
It is bringing the children of Namibia, a place that has suffered through colonialism and apartheid, a reason to rejoice
Close your eyes and envision peace, as Paz leads the discussion
Compete hard but be ethical, be a sportsman and sportswoman, trust each other and believe in yourself preaches Andrew
Oh yes, a seed has been planted in the Kavango, and it is being sown by the likes of Isa, Jerry, Sau, Rapha, Hank and many, many more
If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving one be me says Auden
I say let there always be equal affection guided by communication, understanding and constant self-reflection
Institute for International Sport News: October 2012
A Focus On Non-Violence
The Institute for International Sport sees a clear connection between non-violence and the pursuit of peace. These critical objectives form the basis of the Institute’s long-term commitment to programs that will address the violence that is bubbling over in so many communities throughout the United States.
In 2008, the United States Scholar-Athlete Games aimed to develop concepts to use sport and the arts as mediums to address violence among youth. Since then, the Institute has made this objective a priority, resulting in a number of initiatives including National Sportsmanship Day.
This annual program has played a key role in promoting non-violence by focusing on fair play and relating the idea to two key National Sportsmanship Day mantras:
Don’t Punch Back, Play Harder
Always Employ Competitive Self-Restraint (Compete hard, but maintain your self-control)
As we continue to plan the 2013 National Sportsmanship Day, non-violence will again be the principle objective.
More news to come!