USAID to Host World Renowned Athletes for a Conversation on Sports and Development at UN General Assembly

For Immediate Release

Thursday, September 15, 2011
USAID Press Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will host an event in association with the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York City entitled "In the Arena: Sport as a Catalyst for International Development." USAID is engaging strategic partners through the innovative platform of sport to accomplish global development goals. Organizations worldwide have been able to harness the power of sport to address societal challenges related to health, hunger, education, gender equality and citizen security. Sport is a universal language that inspires in a way that few activities can. Through this event, USAID is bringing together actors who are passionate about using sport as a catalyst for social change.



In the Arena: Sport as a Catalyst for International Development


Wilfried Lemke, UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace
Dikembe Mutombo, NBA Legend and NBA global ambassador
Pedro Martinez, Baseball Legend
Johann Koss, Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Founder of Right to Play
Romário Galvão, Secretary of Sports and Recreation of the Municipal Government of Rio de Janeiro
Bob Ley, ESPN Host of Outside the Lines (Moderator)
Jeremy Schaap, ESPN Correspondent (Emcee)


September 20, 2011
1:00pm - 3:00pm


Millennium UN Plaza Hotel
One United Nations Plaza
E. 44th Street (between 1st and 2nd Ave)


RSVP: Media who wish to attend must RSVP for entrance into the secure area, please RSVP to Gina Jackson at no later than noon Monday, September 19th.

This event is not open to the public, it is by invitation only.

Last updated: June 01, 2012

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