HREA / Education and training in support of human rights worldwide HREA archive
About Us | HREA News | E-Learning
Learning Centre Resource Centre Networks
Spanish French Russian Russian German Portuguese Italian Chinese Arabic
Olympics focusing on Sport and Human Rights

School for Human Rights, HREA partner with Sport in Society

For immediate release
New York, February 17, 2006

From February 15-17, 2006, the School for Human Rights (SHR) and Human Rights Education Associates (HREA), in partnership with the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University, held a three-day SHR Olympics focusing on Sport and Human Rights at the School in Brooklyn, New York. The School for Human Rights and HREA worked with Sport in Society's new Athletes for Human Rights initiative to develop workshops, sports activities and speakers to address human rights in and through sport.

The event promoted Olympism as the human rights and social justice philosophy of the Olympic Movement. Students learned that being an Olympian is a way of life and that each person can lead a life rooted in the Olympic ideals of human rights, peace, non-discrimination and fair play.

"HREA's work at the School for Human Rights is to making the Human Rights framework relevant to all students. Sport in Society helped to develop a new way of presenting Human Rights to students-through sport. It worked wonderfully! The majority of students were engrossed in activity for 3-days," said Jessamyn Waldman, HREA Program Associate and representative at the School.

The SHR Olympics included students organized in multi-grade teams with a country name, the development of a flag and also a cheer. Teams also had a sport and human rights theme, including Munich Massacre, Wheelchair Basketball, 1968 Olympic Protest, and the Negro Leagues, as examples. Teams prepared skits and learned about their topic area in depth. Teachers organized workshops including Women and Sport, Cooperation and Sport, Math and the Olympics, and Olympic History as examples.

A highlight of the event included facilitated discussion with three Olympic athletes -- Chris Jarvis, 2004 Canadian Rowing; Nathaniel Mills, 1992, 1994, 1998 USA Speedskating; and Eli Wolff, 1996 and 2004 USA Soccer. These athlete discussants led workshops about Olympism and sport as a human right. Mary Dixon, the Director of Right to Play USA also attended to facilitate a workshop on the rights of children to sport and play.

"The SHR Olympics is an ideal model of promoting and embracing the values of sport and an excellent forum for students to learn about past, present and future issues related to human rights in and through sport," said Eli Wolff, Project Director of the Athletes for Human Rights Initiative.

The SHR Olympics concluded with a fantastic Closing Ceremony including team performances and an award ceremony. Representatives of UNICEF and UN Sport served as the distinguished presenters at the Award Ceremony.

Marcos Robinson, in 9th grade said, "I learned that we have more rights than we think. During that week we practiced one: the Right to Play." Karra Ransom, a 9th grade student at the school said, "I learned that no matter how old you are and if have disabilities, you should be encouraged to play sports." Brandon Allen, a 6th grader, simply said, "I learned that we have to treat each other with respect and honor."

More press releases
| HREA in the News

HREA is one of the leading organisations worldwide dedicated to education and training in and for human rights. Each year HREA trains hundreds of educators, human rights defenders and legal professionals around the world.

A combined middle and high school, The School for Human Rights in Brooklyn, New York, offers an integrated academic and social skills-based curriculum to challenge its students to think critically and become compassionate, socially engaged young adults committed to the practice of equity, dignity and social consciousness. Human rights values are evident not only in classroom teaching, but in the school's commitment to meeting the educational needs of every student and practices such as 'discipline with dignity.' The School for Human Rights is developed in partnership with HREA

The mission of Athletes for Human Rights is to research, educate and advocate on human rights in and through sport, focusing on the role of athletes and sport to impact social change locally, nationally and globally.

The Center for the Study of Sport in Society, utilizes the power and appeal of sport, works locally, nationally and globally to identify and address social problems in sport and in society. We conduct research, develop programs that offer solutions, and educate and advocate on the emerging issues.

For further information, please contact:
Jessamyn Waldman, Program Associate. Tel: +1 617 301-4379.


back to top
Bookmark and Share
HREA Trainings
HREA Publications
Join Our Email List
Accessibility | Copyright | Publications | RSS | Privacy | FAQs