Panel discussion at the inclusive sports summit

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This year’s Inclusive Sports Summit (ISS) will explore privilege, inclusion and diversity within sports and recreation. CU Boulder Athletics and Recreation Services will be hosting the event at the Rec Center and Dal Ward Arrow Touchdown Club on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Here are just a few reasons to attend.

Keynote speakers: CU Boulder alumni

This year’s keynote speakers are CU Boulder alumni, Kate Fagan and Phillip Lindsay.

Kate Fagan is the author of the New York Times bestseller, WHAT MADE MADDY RUN. Fagan also authored the coming-of-age memoir, The Reappearing Act, about her experience coming out while playing basketball at CU.

Phillip Lindsay is currently a running back for the Denver Broncos. He was the first undrafted offensive rookie to make the pro bowl in NFL history. As a CU Boulder alum, Lindsay played on the CU Boulder football team and set the school record in all-purpose yards and yards from scrimmage.

Career networking opportunities

In addition to the keynote speakers, the summit will feature a Career Networking hour where students can connect with leading employers in the sports and recreation industries, learn about career paths and explore career opportunities. This will not be a traditional career fair. Instead, students will have the opportunity to informally network with industry leaders.  

Expert presentations

Finally, students can come and listen to experts cover a wide variety of topics around diversity and inclusion. Here is a small sample of presentation topics.

  • Collegiate e-sports
    There is debate around defining competitive gaming as a sport and why universities should invest in or support e-sports programs. Join a panel discussion that will examine current trends, competition and why e-sports matters on college campuses.
  • Outdoor recreation panel discussion
    Join leaders from the outdoor recreation industry for a panel discussion. Participants include Vail Resorts, the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, Colorado Parks and Recreation, local retailers and more.
  • Audience to advocacy
    Micah Porter, the assistant principal and activities director at Alameda International, will share his journey as a closeted college athlete. Porter grew up in deeply conservative and traditional environments, survived conversion therapy and addiction to come out later in life as a gay man. His lifelong love of sports and working with youth has inspired him to embrace advocacy and bring greater inclusion and equity for all.

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