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London Olympic Values Symposium to be Supported by Georgetown

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The June 29-July 1 Olympic Values Symposium in London will bring together athletes, thought leaders and youth from five continents and essay competition winners to discuss the global impact of Olympic values.

May 16, 2012 – Georgetown is lending its support to a symposium on June 29-July 1 in London that will explore the meaning and impact of Olympic Values in the global era and includes a worldwide essay competition for university students.

The essay competition will be hosted online by Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. Three winners will be awarded two stays in London, first during the symposium and then three days during the London Olympic Games, with all travel and accommodation costs covered.

“The essay competition and symposium are designed to spark a global conversation about Olympic values including peace and human dignity and their significance for sport, culture, and world affairs,” said Thomas Banchoff, director of the Berkley Center.

Values of Excellence

Lord Colin Moynihan, chair of the British Olympic Association and the European Olympic Committees’ Youth and Sport for All Commission, will host the symposium.

The two-day event will bring together athletes and thought leaders, along with 15 people under the age of 35 selected from five continents, as well as the essay competition winners.

“The Olympic values of excellence, respect, and friendship transcend sports and are truly central in our global age,” Moynihan said. “The symposium will explore ways to make the Olympic values live, in education, culture and other public initiatives worldwide.”

Global Conversation

Georgetown is co-supporting the planning and execution of the symposium and essay competition with two non-governmental organizations, Worldwide Support for Development (WSD) and the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), which is based at the Berkley Center.

Any student currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning anywhere in the world is eligible to participate in the essay competition. Essay submissions will be accepted until May 31st. Interested students should submit a curriculum vitae, a 125-150 word biography and a 400 – 500 word essay.

The essay should address each student’s interpretation of the meaning of Olympic Values for the 21st century and outline a creative way to realize them in the years ahead through sport, education, culture or other public initiatives. The best essays will be posted as blogs online and the winners will be announced by June 11.

For more information, visit the Berkley Center's website.

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