Wednesday, October 23, 2013

#S4SC Preview: Eli Wolff and Patrick Hruby

There are two questions that all sports need to consider. How can we make sports accessible to more people and how can we make the sports that we play safer for those that participate? Sometimes we can be blinded by the inevitable scandals or fantasy sports points. At the basis of sports, though, is the need to get people involved not to make money but to simply play. An accessible and safe sport is a great start.

On Friday at the first annual Sport For Social Change Conference, Eli Wolff and Patrick Hruby will share their insights on into how these questions can be answered.

Wolff is the program director for the Sport and Development Project at Brown University. His work and research revolves around the first question of making sports more accessible to all people. He has been in leader in this area working for greater inclusion in sports and education into sports for athletes with disabilities. Wolff is currently a philosophy PhD candidate with a focus on Olympic studies at German Sport University Cologne.

Hruby is a journalist for Sports on Earth, the joint venture USA Today and MLB Advanced Media sports website. Hruby's work focuses on the politics and social issues of sport, writing extensively about amateurism issues in the NCAA, the use of Native American imagery in sport, and safety issues in sports. His presentation at the Sport For Social Change Conference will focus on how we can make sports safer for the participants. Hruby has a mater's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and is also a contributor for Washingtonian Magazine and The Atlantic online.

Wolff will present from 3:00 to 3:50 p.m. and Hruby will immediately follow Wolff presenting from 4:00 to 4:50 p.m. to close out the conference. For further questions and inquiries, email the Drexel SMTSU at

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