Representatives from the United States and South Africa will participate in an international sport management conference, hosted by West Virginia University’s College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, on Nov. 11-12 at the Erickson Alumni Center.

The International Sport Management Consortium of the African Sport Management Association will join numerous university members in the U.S. and South Africa to discuses global partnerships, student exchanges, research and funding opportunities.

Soita Paschal, a professor in the department of Sport Science at Kyambogo University, has spent the past five months as a visiting scholar in CPASS. His ongoing experience in Morgantown connects the dots between the U.S. and Africa, with WVU as his new base. The international conference serves to strengthen the ties and expand opportunities for partnerships and funding.

“With the conference the possibility of establishing faculty and student exchanges, an African sport management journal, and international partnerships becomes more likely,” Paschal said. “By bringing together presenters from around the world we are a step closer to realizing our dream.”

Through technology, the conference allow faculty from four South African universities to review previous sport summits, present key needs and explore the possibility of extending academic offerings to capture more learners.

“This esteemed collection of educators and policy makers will develop strategies to create joint support for research proposals and business projects,” said Floyd Jones, CPASS associate professor and Paschal’s host. “We hope to move forward by building economic and business models into the consortium framework.”

Roundtable topics will include planning for the African Sport Management Association international conference; building sport partnerships between North America and Africa; creating study abroad and international research projects; and expanding course offerings in African universities.

Colleagues at the Morgantown-based conference will consult with African Universities to strategize about involving high school, college and post-graduate students in study abroad and research. The group will discuss plans to study abroad that will coincide with major international sports events including FIFA World Cup Soccer and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The event is co-sponsored by the WVU International Center for Performance Excellence, Fitness Information Technology.



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CONTACT: Kimberly Cameon, CPASS