International student-athletes (ISAs) from our greater region will share their life stories, sports and educational experiences, and show how their journey and US pursuits shaped their lives. These individuals hail from five continents and numerous countries, they all had an athletic talent in common, and they all followed different paths that led them to their US educational destinations combining academics and sports. Some have horror and war stories to share, some had pleasant and uplifting experiences, and they all used sports as the medium to make a difference and pursue opportunities that they otherwise would not have been granted. Next to several other outcomes this profound, lively, and interactive session will yield, attendees may enjoy a truly universal overview of young people’s concerns, hopes, trends in each country of origin, and realize that sports may indeed contribute to a more balanced, fair, and promising future.
The session will incorporate live video streaming with former ISAs from NCAA institutions who returned home, and carried back several important lessons from the U.S.