close up of football fieldLevelling the playing field: a public meeting May 3 will discuss building safe, inclusive, equitable sport organizations.

Speakers to share successes in safe sporting

Two UWindsor faculty members are among the guest speakers at an event next month to discuss ways to create an inclusive and respectful sport environment.

“Promising Practices in Sport: Building Safe, Inclusive, Equitable Sport Organizations,” May 3 at the Ciociaro Club, is sponsored by the Windsor and District Labour Council. It is aimed at bringing together sport association board members, coaches, officials, volunteers, parents, sponsors and community leaders to share their ideas and experiences.

Margery Holman and Victoria Paraschak will join Niki Lundquist, a lawyer with Unifor legal services, as presenters.

  • Dr. Holman is a professor emerita of kinesiology, an advocate for inclusive culture in sport and an expert in gender equity issues including hazing, harassment, coaching and leadership.
  • Dr. Paraschak is a kinesiology professor who researches diversity in sport opportunities and policy with expertise in using organizational strengths to effect change and build stronger sports organizations.

“Long-term, we are optimistic that this will be the start of ongoing exchanges to address common issues,” Holman says. “Initially, this will include recruitment and retention of females as coaches, officials and administrators in leading sport.”

The free public event begins at 7 p.m. The Ciociaro Club is located at 3745 North Talbot Road. Register online through Eventbrite.

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