In coordination with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Citizen Exchanges, and World Learning, O Street International (OSI) was recently honored to host its 2017 Sports Leadership Development Summit at Georgetown University. On November 1, 2017, sports professionals from Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco, along with U.S. sports and health industry leaders – all ranging from athletes, coaches, teachers, youth trainers, community leaders, organizers, and industry professionals – joined together for a dynamic cross-cultural and collaborative discussion.
Participants left the summit with an enhanced understanding of the impact international and local community leadership has upon the sports industry, along with an increased knowledge of management, networking, leadership techniques, and the importance of developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. OSI’s speakers shared their personal experience and expertise in the elite athletic world, including the evolving journey of becoming an athlete, remaining focused and grounded as student athletes, training young athletes, leadership, nutrition/wellness, and applying skills and learned practices to all aspects of life.
OSI’s goal to focus on sports and leadership, emphasizing the use of sports to combat violence, increase leadership within youth, promote a healthy lifestyle, and promote an understanding between people and communities of different cultures was well communicated and received by the sports and cultural exchange group from Northern Africa. This year’s summit has propelled and inspired participants’ desires to continue to exchange knowledge, ideas, and experiences with others around the world.