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Youth Sport & Sustainable Development Symposium

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Program Background

A team of researchers from Michigan State University, University of Botswana, University of Dar es Salaam, and the University of Ghana have completed a study of youth sports, with funding from MSU's Alliance for African Partnership. Their findings offer a compelling roadmap for ways in which well-structured sport-based programs could be used to nurture entrepreneurial mindsets, life skills and other youth development outcomes reported in previous studies. This research coincides with the publication of a recent United Nations' report on the role youth sport can play in achieving at least ten of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Therefore, the symposium Youth Sport and Sustainable Development: Enhancing Youth Agency and Entrepreneurial Mindsets through Sport-Based Life Skills Programs will be convened on MSU's East Lansing campus, bringing university experts, community partners and young practitioners to share experiences and reflections on youth entrepreneurship and innovation through sports in several communities across the globe, while demonstrating how these activities can support achieving the SDGs.

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College of Education

  • Department of Kinesiology

International Studies and Programs

  • African Studies Center
  • Alliance for African Partnership
  • Global Youth Advancement Network

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Thanks to our sponsors, the symposium is open for anyone to attend at no cost.  You may register to attend all or select events in person or virtually. 

Schedule of Events

Monday, September 19

Welcome Reception 5:30pm-7:00pm 

  • Location: STEM 3202
  • Join us for welcoming remarks from our sponsoring units and a presentation of the study, followed by refreshments and networking with the research team

Tuesday, September 20

Global Classroom 8:00am-10:00am 

Wednesday, September 21

Symposium 8:00am-10:00am 

Thursday, September 22

Symposium 8:00am-11:00am 

Gould Lecture 4:00pm 

  • Location: A100 Smith Center
  • Speaker: Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos
  • Annual event led by the Department of Kinesiology

African Tea Time 5:00pm (changed from regularly scheduled 4:00pm)

  • Location: IC 303
  • Dr. Tshepang Tshube from the University of Botswana will present on his book, "The Solo Runner"'
  • Event held every other Thursday by the African Studies Center