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(Virtual) SXSW 2020: Empowering the Athlete in the Post-Sport Journey

Global Sport Institute is bringing the SXSW 2020 panel discussion to you! Join us online for Empowering the Athlete in the Post-Sport Journey, hosted Wednesday, April 15th at 1:00p (Phoenix, AZ); 4:00p (ET).

Collegiate and professional athlete transitions are unique due to the typical length of preparation, intense level of identity and connectedness, and the unpredictable nature of when one’s career can end. This often leads to identity foreclosure, where an athlete sacrifices their education and additional identity options or career aspirations. We know that the more you prepare to transition out of the original dream, the more time you have to focus on the next dream and move into the reality of a new working life. Transition is eased for athletes who engage in continuous learning and when a transition plan is securely in place before the athletic experience ends. This panel will dive into the effects of transition and what can be done to help athletes prepare for life outside of sport.

Mori Taheripour | With over a decade of extensive experience at the intersection of sports and social change in both the public and private sectors, Mori Taheripour is a globally-recognized executive and award-winning educator with unique expertise in negotiation, diversity and inclusion, athlete education and development, high impact philanthropy and sport for development.

Karen Gallagher | Dr. Gallagher is a Senior Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Global Sport Institute. She serves as Project Manager on collaborative research efforts. She works in developing programs and research projects related to athlete post-sport transition. Gallagher earned her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University in 2017. 

Jacques McClendon | As the director of player engagement for the Los Angeles Rams, after spending seven seasons as an offensive lineman in the NFL, McClendon is responsible for assisting players with the transition to professional football and developing off-the-field success programs and activities.

Kenneth Shropshire | Professor Shropshire is CEO of the Global Sport Institute and the adidas Distinguished Professor of Global Sport at Arizona State University after a thirty-year career as an endowed full professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is an author, educator and speaker consulting on athlete-transition and financial education and has worked with NCAA, Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Football League Players Association, the United States Olympic Committee and PGA golfer Rory McIlroy.

Who should attend:
  • All Athletes
  • Elite Athletes 
  • Student Athletes
  • Retired Athletes
  • Military Veterans
  • Coaches of all levels
  • Player Development Professionals
  • Front Office Executives
  • League Executives
  • Sport Agents
  • Sports Media
  • Sports-related Academia
  • Sports Fans

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Event Type: 
Global Sport Conversation Series
External Events
April 15, 2020
1:00pm to 2:00pm