Olympic gold medalist and professional player to lead integrity-in-soccer discussion

Landon Donovan and Becky Sauerbrunn will headline a Nov. 14 ethics in soccer discussions

A leading Major League Soccer scorer and an Olympic gold medalist are among the luminaries who will discuss “Winning with Integrity” in professional soccer during Nov. 14 panel discussions on campus and in Denver.

Panelists include Landon Donovan, formerly of Major League Soccer and the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team; Becky Sauerbrunn, a U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team co-captain, Olympic gold medalist, and FIFA World Cup Champion; Richard Motzkin, noted sports agent and the executive vice president of global soccer for Wasserman Media Group; and Pádraig Smith, interim general manager and sporting director, Colorado Rapids. They will share a behind the scenes look into soccer, the world’s most popular sport, and take questions from the audience.

“The opportunity to present such a remarkable panel of leaders in the soccer industry to our students and community demonstrates the strength of our partnership with the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS and the Colorado Rapids,” Eric Olson, interim dean and director of the Sport Management Program, College of Business, said. “I am thrilled that we continue to facilitate both relevant and meaningful conversations about ethics in sport and society and remain a resource and catalyst for this important curriculum.”

The UCCS College of Business Sport Management Program, along with co-sponsors Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS and the Colorado Rapids are presenting the event.

The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 14 in the Kettle Creek conference room. Tickets are free to students, faculty and staff. Registration is currently full with a waitlist available. For more information and to register, visit www.uccs.edu/smp.

An evening panel will begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. There will be opportunities for autographs with the panelists before the panel begins, as well as exclusive access to a social hour event for the first 500 guests following the panel discussion. Tickets are free and open to the general public. Registration required. For more information and to register, please visit www.uccs.edu/smp.

“We are pleased to sponsor an opportunity to discuss the ethical issues of soccer with some of the sport’s most influential leaders,” Tracy Gonzalez-Padron, director, Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS, said. “It is easy to venture down a road of unethical decisions because at its core, sport competition is about winning. Bill Daniels was a strong advocate for winning with integrity, seeking athletes and owners that behaved with principles of fair play and ethics.”

— Samantha Meyer, College of Business

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