Center for Sport, Peace, and Society Wins ESPN Humanitarian Award

On one of the premier stages celebrating the powerful impact of sport around the world, a partnership of UT’s Center for Sport, Peace, and Society has been honored with a Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award at ESPN’s Sports Humanitarian Awards.

“We are truly honored to receive one of the Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Awards, and appreciate so much our partnership with the US Department of State and espnW that made it possible,” said Sarah Hillyer, director of the CSPS. “Together and alongside brave and courageous women from all over the world, we are fulfilling our dream of leveraging the unique power of sport-based innovation to create a more equitable world for women and girls.”

The US Department of State and espnW initiative has been implemented by CSPS since its inception in 2012. The initiative has trained 99 international sports leaders from 55 countries during its gender-equality exchange programs.

In addition to training participants in the Better World curriculum, the center has partnered these leaders with female executive mentors at top organizations such as ESPN, Google, NHL, the Big East Conference, and Saatchi & Saatchi.

“Those 99 women went on to directly impact more than 225,000 lives,” said Hillyer when accepting the award. “That is the true power of sport.”

Find out more about the center’s work and impact at

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