New Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation will combine strengths of athletics and integrity

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Daron Roberts, director of UT’s new Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation


Nelson Mandela once said, “Sport has the power to change the world … it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”

As a society, we should be doing everything we can to leverage the enormous popularity of athletics to develop leaders and cultivate integrity. We’ve long known that sports can teach critical virtues like teamwork and discipline. I’m excited to explore new ways to use the inherent power of sports as a force for good. By blending two areas in which UT has long been strong — athletics and leadership training — we are creating an important nexus of study and training.

What’s more, this center will further leverage our existing strength in these areas, a strength built in recent years by the establishment of our Sports Media Program, the Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports, as well as our strong cultural emphasis in integrity, one exemplified by Coach Charlie Strong’s nationally recognized “core values.”

This new center will be directed by a dynamic leader who served as president of our Student Government while a Longhorn student, studied law and public policy at Harvard, and went on to an assistant coaching career for three NFL teams and another university. He also has been named an Outstanding Young Texas Ex. It’s a great pleasure to welcome back to the Forty Acres Daron Roberts.

What starts here changes the world.

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