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Sports In Africa Carol-Garoes

Carol Garoes

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African Women in Sports Association co-founder headlines Sports in Africa Symposium


Carol Garoes, co-founder and secretary general of the African Women in Sports Association (AWISA) will speak at the ninth annual Sports in Africa Symposium at 4 p.m. Friday, April 12.

The symposium begins at 10:30 a.m. in Baker University Center on the second floor. This year's focus is The Global Sports Forum.

In addition to co-founding AWISA, Garoes is also the Africa representative to the International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport and the co-founder and president of the Confederation of African Netball Associations.

Garoes is one of Africa's leading advocates for proactively increasing the capacity of the sports industry to create sustainable socioeconomic development opportunities across Africa. The Supreme Council of Sport in Africa (SCSA) recently honored her with Africa's highest achievement award in the industry. She is also dedicated to helping the sports industry promote gender equity for marginalized women and girls in African societies.

Based on a debate that began in 2002, the Sports in Africa Symposium seeks to understand and discuss the effects of global marketing and development challenges in Africa and the Global South. 

This year's symposium will focus on global sports. The Global Sports Forum is a student-driven initiation that showcases Ohio University students' involvement in the multiple sports related programs. It invites students from various academic disciplines to share their recent international sports experiences.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Sports Administration, the Institute for the African Child, African Studies Department, the Center for International Studies, the Office of Multicultural Programs, the College of Health Sciences and Professions and the Recreation and Sport Pedagogy Program. It is free and open to the public.

The schedule for the symposium is as follows:

10:30–11:45 a.m. and noon–1:15 p.m. Student Global Sports Forum
2:30–3:45 p.m. Faculty Panel
4 p.m. Keynote and Sports and Development Poster Session  

Reception to follow.