UCCS to host international sport advocates summit

Sport advocates across the world will talk about their experiences in a sold-out ‘Unite & Ignite’ Sportswomen Power Summit 5-8 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Ent Center for the Arts.

Panelists include:

  • Sally Roberts, founder and executive director, Wrestle Like A Girl
  • Minky Worden, director of global initiatives, Human Rights Watch
  • Jen Welter, the first female coach in the National Football League
  • Raha Moharrak, the first Saudi Arabian woman to ever summit Mount Everest
  • Mary Harvey, 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup starting goalie and gold medalist
  • Mara Gubuan, founder, Equality League
  • Sara McMann, Olympic silver medalist and Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor
  • Nancy Hogshead, founder, Champion Women
  • Elizabeth Marks, Paralympic swimming gold medalist
  • David Grevemberg, chief executive, Commonwealth Games Federation
  • Jeff Marsh, executive director, Beat the Streets
  • Members of 2018 Women’s World Wrestling team

The summit will be emceed by Kendal Darnell, MTV’s ‘Road Rules’ celebrity with opening remarks from Julia Nesheiwat, deputy special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, U.S. Department of State.

Topics include human rights and sport, representation of women in sports, equality in sports governance, athlete activism and engaging platforms to grow sporting opportunities.

UCCS Center for Critical Sport Studies and Wrestle Like A Girl are the event co-sponsors. Sally Roberts, founder and executive director, Wrestle Like A Girl, received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from UCCS.

Following the summit, the third annual ‘Glitter Into Gold’ Gala will happen 6-9 p.m. Sept. 15 at The Broadmoor.

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