Sunday, November 29, 2015

Philadelphia to host Beyond Sports summit

The global summit will bring leaders in the sports world together with corporate sponsors and community programs, looking to promote the use of sports to trigger social change.

Philadelphia to host Beyond Sports summit


Many of the leading figures in the sports world are expected to converge on Philadelphia in September for an international conference promoting the use of sports to trigger social change.

From September 9 to 11, the city will host the third annual Beyond Sport Summit, following similar conferences last year in London and the year before in Cape Town, South Africa. The event will be run by Beyond Sport, a global organization founded in 2009 and chaired by Tony Blair, the former British prime minister.

Its stated goal is to use sports to facilitate social change in communities around the world. Its successes include roles in a youth basketball program stemming gang violence in several Chicago neighborhoods, a Columbian soccer program credited with increasing school attendance to 98 percent, the creation of a UN working group to promote education and sports for young women and promotion of youth sports opportunities throughout Tanzania.

“With this announcement, Philadelphia is without doubt the greatest sports town in the United States of America,” Mayor Nutter said Wednesday as plans for the conference were made public.  The mayor was flanked by two of the city’s retired sports stars, Brian Dawkins of the Philadelphia Eagles and Dikembe Mutombo of the 76ers, plus Christina Weiss Lurie, president of the Eagles Youth Partnership, Eagles president Don Smolenski and the founder of Beyond Sport, Nick Keller, a former amateur rugby player in England.

All of the city’s professional teams are supporting the event, joined by the Philadelphia Sports Congress and major corporate sponsors.  The Eagles, which were named the organization’s sports team of the year in 2011 for its activities off the field, are a host partner, along with Aramark, Lincoln Finance Group and NRG Energy.

Click here for's politics page.

We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Chris Hepp, Tricia Nadolny, Julia Terruso, and Claudia Vargas take you inside Philadelphia's City Hall.

Inquirer City Hall Staff
Also on
letter icon Newsletter