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Health, Sciences and Sport in Africa symposium comes to Ohio University

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 13, 2007) -- The fourth annual Sports and Africa symposium, entitled "Health, Sciences and Sport in Africa," will examine how sports may be used to improve the health of African people, and those in the African diasporas, in a formal conference and workshops.

The conference will be held Feb. 23 and 24, in Grover Center on Ohio University's Athens campus. It is sponsored by the Institute for the African Child, the School of Health Sciences and the Center for Sports Administration. 

The keynote speaker is Manute Bol, a former NBA star, political activist from Sudan and the founder of the Ring True Foundation. Bol will speak from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in Walter Hall 135.

Other invited speakers come from around the world and country, including speakers from the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, and universities such as Michigan State, Salisbury and Albany State.

Topics to be discussed at the conference include: using sports to teach about health issues, how sports bring awareness to broader sociopolitical and cultural issues, how sports are used to escape poverty or socially advance, etc.

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Media Contact: Gerard Akindes at akindesg@ohio.edu

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