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A Tribute to Rommel Padanou
Two weeks before the opening ceremonies of the 1997 World Scholar-Athlete Games, I received a call from a Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon, on the west coast of Central Africa. Since the inaugural World Scholar-Athlete Games in 1993, the Peace Corps has helped us identify outstanding scholar athletes and scholar artists, particularly from African countries. [...]
“It was amazing to meet so many like-minded student-athletes and attend seminars with such inspiring instructors and speakers. Thank you for... providing me and other students from around the world with this wonderful experience.” - Spencer Couch
2011 World Scholar-Athelete Games
The 2011 World Scholar-Athlete Games (WSAG) included participation in the 2011 World Youth Peace Summit. Read more about what this valuable program has to offer and what some the participants had to say about their experiences:
"I just wanted to let you know how much I truly appreciated the Games and how it impacted my life. Not only was I able to grow as a person, but my views and outlooks on worldwide problems have changed as well and I am happy that the WSAG were able to help open my eyes. Now that I have had such an experience, I know that I will be capable of making a difference not only in my community but all over the world. This past week was life changing... an amazing opportunity." - Marissa Curbelo
"Both my teaching and overall volunteering experiences at the WSAG/World Youth Peace Summit were life changing for me both pesronally and professionally. This vision speaks to my heart." - Dr. Cathleen M. Greene, A Light in the Distance, LLC
"I will be forever grateful... for the experience the World Scholar-Athlete Games gave me this summer." - Conor Burns
"My son had the wonderful opportunity to attend the World Scholar-Athlete Games and World Youth Peace Summit. He absolutely enjoyed every minute." - Michelle Krahn
"I want you to know how grateful I am [for]... the opportunity to be part of the Games and the World Youth Peace Summit. Both were truly life changing experiences that I will always keep close to my heart. The people, stories, and unique events all make up for a memory a teenage girl, such as myself, is beyond blessed to call her own. The things I learned during my time spent at WSAG are things that I remind myself of every day. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for opening this door for me because it has opened dozens more." - Mary Katherine Johnson
Information from Most Recent Scholar-Athlete Games
June 26-July 4, 2011 (Included participation in the World Youth Peace Summit from July 1-4)
Greater Hartford, Connecticut area, USA
Ages 15-19 as of June 2011 Honor Roll or B average status Proficiency in sports or arts
Baseball, Basketball, Fencing, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, and Volleyball
Choir, Creative Writing (Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry), Dance, Digital Photography, Symphony, Theatre, and Visual Arts
$750 USD and included:
Dormitory accommodations and meals for the entire program.
Apparel packet that included a team uniform or polo, jacket, WYPS shirt and more!
meet and get to know young people in your age range from virtually every country in the world.
listen to some of the greatest speakers in the world. Past Scholar-Athlete Games speakers have included President Bill Clinton, Senator Bill Bradley, General Colin Powell, Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and many others.
be an important part of what General Colin Powell calls "One of the most compelling peace initiatives I have seen in years."
be part of an historic launch of a world peace initiative that will endure for generations to come.
be part of a life-changing experience based on sport, the arts and a commitment to world peace.
Approximately 1,000 participants from virtually every country in the world. The Institute expects to receive nomination and applications in excess of that number. Therefore, early registration is encouraged.
As part of the WSAG, participants participated in Theme Days. On each day, world-renown individuals will speak about their area of specialty in the following categories:
Personal Social Responsibility
Theme Days are an important tradition of all Scholar-Athlete Games Programs, and will help our participants prepare for the World Youth Peace Summit.