Dr. Ashleigh Huffman of the Institute for Sport and Social Justice to Give Keynote Address at Upcoming SRLA Conference

Dr. Ashleigh Huffman of the Institute for Sport and Social Justice to Give Keynote Address at Upcoming SRLA Conference

The Sports and Recreation Law Association (SRLA) will hold its annual meeting at the Kimpton Monoco Hotel in Baltimore on February 21-24, 2024.

Dr. Ashleigh Huffman, Vice President of Global Engagement at the Institute for Sport and Social Justice, will give the keynote address at 12 noon on February 23.

Among the notable panels are the:

Hot Topics Panel on Maryland Sports on February 22, which will feature panelists:

  • Terry Hasseltine, STS, CTA, Executive Director, Maryland Sports Commission and Vice President, Marketing and Communications Group, Maryland Stadium Authority
  • Philip Huston, CCM, LEED AP, Vice President, Capital Projects and Planning, Maryland Stadium Authority
  • Matt Kastel (Moderator), Manager of Stadium Operations, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Maryland Stadium Authority

DEI Panel on February 24, which will feature panelists:

  • Anna Ivey, Anna Ivey Consulting
  • Gbemende Johnson, University of Georgia
  • Shelia Akbar, Signet Education
  • Professor Tan Boston (Moderator), Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law

SRLA serves academicians and practitioners in private and public sport and recreation settings. Members have diverse educational and experiential backgrounds and represent a variety of occupations and interests. They may teach or be students at institutions of higher education (sport and recreation management programs, law schools), practice law, operate risk management firms, or serve in other related fields.

The purpose of the conference is to provide quality peer-reviewed scholarship in the area of sport and recreation law. Scholarship is disseminated through 25 or 50-minute presentations, 75-minute symposium sessions, and poster sessions. Conference attendees also have opportunities to interact with scholars and practitioners from across the country, engage in social activities, and network with industry professionals. The annual conference is beneficial for professionals, academics, and students alike.

To register for the conference, visit https://srla2024.exordo.com/

Registration rates for the conference are as follows:
Professional Member: $600
Professional Non-Member: $725 (includes SRLA Membership for 2024)
Student Member: $150
Student Non-Member: $200 (includes SRLA Membership for 2024)

Professional Registration includes access to all conference sessions, the SRLA Welcome Bash, the Keynote Luncheon, the SRLA Awards Luncheon, the SRLA Teaching and Learning Breakfast, a conference gift item, and a digital program.

Questions about the conference can be directed to Kerri Cebula at cebula@kutztown.edu.

About Dr. Ashleigh Huffman

Dr. Ashleigh Huffman is the newly appointed Vice President of Global Engagement at the Institute for Sport and Social Justice and the former Chief of Sports Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State based in Washington, DC. In both roles, Ashleigh works with governments, sports leagues, nonprofits, educational institutions, and businesses to tackle global issues in sport and advance foreign policy priorities such as gender equity, diversity and inclusion, disability rights, climate change, mental health, and racial justice. As the Chief of Sports Diplomacy, Ashleigh served as a leading advisor on international sport policy and oversaw international exchange opportunities, including world championships, the Olympics and Paralympics, and the World Cup.

Before joining the State Department, Ashleigh was a professor at the University of Tennessee and co-founder of the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society. In that role, Ashleigh worked closely with the State Department and espnW to launch the Global Sports Mentoring Program, which was awarded in 2018 with the ESPN Stuart Scott Humanitarian Award and the Peace and Sport “Diplomatic Action of the Year” Award. Ashleigh has worked with professional, university, and amateur athletes and coaches from more than 120 countries, including the United States, on leadership development, cultural understanding, and social change. She frequently leads workshops and keynotes on women’s empowerment, sports diplomacy, public-private partnerships, and social change.

Ashleigh earned her PhD at the University of Tennessee in Sociocultural Studies and was a two-time captain of her basketball team at Eastern Kentucky University.