Fostering Community Through Arts and Athletics

This weekend, Middlebury’s SAAC and the Institute for International Sport have joined together to celebrate the role of the arts and athletics in promoting unity and social change locally, nationally, and globally.

The event was kicked off last night with a panel discussion moderated by Sports Illustrated writer Alex Wolff, and featured former and current Middlebury students as well as Prof. Emeritus Gary Margolis ’67. Together, the group discussed the unifying power of sports and the arts, and how these activities can be used to advance social change and create a sense of community from here in Middlebury to remote villages in countries such as Kenya, Nicaragua, and more.

Numerous events have been planned for the weekend in conjunction with the various sporting events, concerts, performances, etc. taking place today through Sunday. This will also be a WHITE OUT weekend for sports teams so be sure to wear white in support if you plan on attending any games or matches.

A full list of events can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

And here a clip promoting Grassroot Soccer. Kim Kennedy ’08, a speaker on last night’s panel, is currently serving as a field intern for this organization that strives to provide HIV/AIDS education in Africa through the power of soccer.