Beyond Sport releases 2010 Summit programme

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 Beyond Sport released its detailed programme for the Beyond Sport Summit 2010 in Chicago, September 29-30.

The annual event brings together those who use sport as a vehicle to create social impact with influencers from the world of business, government and federations whose attitudes and decisions can have substantial impact.

 Now in its second year, over 750 individuals are expected to take part in the Summit, lead by a list of speakers that includes Olympic legends Michael Johnson, Frank Fredericks, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Ian Thorpe; HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan; former South African soccer captain Lucas Radebe; and US Senator and former Presidential Candidate Bill Bradley.  

Among the organisations from across this spectrum of influence that have already confirmed their attendance including Chicago Bulls; Cisco; HSBC; JP Morgan; Kellogg Foundation; LIVESTRONG; NFL; United Nations; U.S. Department of Education; Women’s Sports Foundation, and many more.  

The Summit schedule outlined below includes the announcement of the winners of the Beyond Sport Awards 2010 which celebrate the best initiatives from across the world that use sport to create social change. Selected from over 400 entries covering 115 countries, the winning projects will receive a substantial package of funding business support to help them grow and become sustainable in the future. 

To view the full Summit schedule, list of speakers and participating companies and to find out details on how to attend the event, visit 


* The schedule detailed below is subject to change if deemed necessary by the organisers.


Wednesday, September 29:

Noon-2 pm: Summit begins; Networking Lunch

2 pm: Opening of the Beyond Sport Summit : Welcome – Nick Keller , Founder Beyond Sport and Patrick Ryan, Executive Director, World Sport Chicago

2:15 pm: My Journey Beyond Sport – Rita Benson LeBlanc, Owner, Super Bowl Champions, the New Orleans Saints

2:30-3:30 pm: Panel 1 – Looking back and looking forward: Have we stepped up event legacy delivery?

Facilitator: Julie Foudy, former President, Women Sport’s Foundation and two-time World Cup winner 

Panellists include: 

·        Rita Benson LeBlanc, Owner, Super Bowl Champions, the New Orleans Saints

·        Scott Blackmun, CEO , US Olympic Committee

·        Tim Leiweke, CEO, AEG Worldwide

3:30–3:45 pm: Beyond Sport Awards 2010 Winners Part I

3:45-4:15 pm: Networking break 

4:15- 4:20 pm: Humanitarian in Sport Award, Supported by United Airlines

4:20-4:45 pm: Interview – Senator Bill Bradley, NBA Hall of Fame inductee and former US Presidential Candidate, and Dikembe Mutombo, NBA All-Star and philanthropist

4:45-5:35 pm: Panel 2 – Sporting celebrities and doing good: What’s possible and what’s not?
Supported by Athletes for Hope

Facilitator: Ivan Blumberg, CEO, Athletes for Hope 

Panellists include:

·        Kathy Behrens, Senior Vice President, NBA

·        Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Multi-Olympic Gold Medallist and legendary athlete

6:30-8:30 pm: Welcome Reception, hosted by Mayor of Chicago Richard Daley, and Announcement of the winner of the United Airlines Chicago Impact Award


Thursday, September 30

9:00 am: Opening of the Beyond Sport Summit Final Day

9:10 am: Keynote Address

9: 20-10:20 am: Panel 3 – Playing Hardball: Can sport tackle youth violence in urban communities?

Facilitator: Jeff McMullen, Foreign Correspondent, ABC and Reporter, Sixty Minutes

Panellists include:

·        Daniel Varner, Program Officer, Kellogg Foundation and Co-Founder, Think Detroit PAL

·        Alberto Vollmer, Founder of Project Alcatraz , Sport for Social Inclusion Award 2009 Winner

·        Lucas Radebe, Former Captain of South Africa Football Team, and FFH World Cup Ambassador

10:20 am: Beyond Sport Awards 2010 Winners Part II 

10:35-10:45 am: My Journey Beyond Sport – William Scherr, Olympic Gold Medallist and Chairman, World Sport Chicago

10:45-11:45 am: Panel 4 – It’s Her Move: How can sport provide opportunities for girls’ and women’s education?

Facilitator: Donna De Varona, Co-Founder, Women’s Sports Foundation

Panellists include:

·        Russlynn Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Department of Education

·        Auma Obama, Special Adviser, CARE International

·        Ana Arizabaleta, Director, Colombianitos, UNICEF Children’s Rights Award 2009 Winner

·        Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Multi-Paralympic Gold Medallist

11:45-12:15 pm: Networking break

12:15-1 pm: Special Session: Who Cares, Wins: Why is the intersection of sport, business, and philanthropy so important?

Panellists include:

·        Lesa Ukman, IEG, LLC Chairman

·        Ethan Zohn, Co-Founder, Grassroot Soccer and Winner of ‘Survivor’ 

1-2 pm: Lunch

2-2:30 pm: My Journey Beyond Sport (TBC)

2:30-2:40 pm: Beyond Sport Awards 2010 Winners Part III

2:40–3:40 pm: Panel 5 – Fair Play: Are there no-go zones when addressing peace and sport?

Facilitator: Michael Elliot, Editor, TIME International


Panellists include:

·        HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan

·        Eboo Patel, Head, Interfaith Youth Core

·        Nomfundo Walaza, CEO, Desmond Tutu Peace Centre

3:40-3:50 pm: Beyond Sport Awards 2010 Winners Part IV

3:50-4:20 pm: Networking Break

4:20 -4:35 pm: My Journey Beyond Sport – Michael Johnson, Multi-Olympic Gold Medallist

4:35–4:45 pm:  Presentation of the Leadership in Sport Award, Supported by Heidrick and Struggles; Presented by Mayor of Chicago, Richard Daley 

4:45-5:15 pm: A Conversation with a special guest…

5:15 pm – Closing Remarks and Handover to Host City 2011

5:30-7:00 pm: Closing Reception

Further speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Beyond Sport is partnered with Barclays Spaces for Sports, United Airlines, TIME International and UNICEF. 

Beyond Sport is a global organisation that promotes, develops and funds the use of sport to create positive social change across the world.

 We do this primarily in three ways: 

Beyond Sport Awards

The Beyond Sport Awards programme provides support worth $1 million annually to projects across the world that use sport to address issues within their communities. The Beyond Sport Awards 2010 were open for entries from January to April with more than 400 projects entering this year’s Awards.


Beyond Sport Summit

The Summit is an annual event that brings together the best sport-led social innovators with influential, global leaders to address sport’s role in driving positive social change. The Beyond Sport Summit 2010 will be held between September 29-30 in Chicago . 

Beyond Sport World

Beyond Sport World is an online networking platform that allows any organisation across the globe involved in sport and development to promote their activities and connect. Visit 

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