Bates' Coffey to Head World Scholar-Athlete Games in Summer of 2006

Courtesy Bates Sports Information

KINGSTON, R.I. — The Institute for International Sport on the campus of the University of Rhode Island has named Bates College Director of Athletics Suzanne R. Coffey to be commissioner of the Institute’s internationally renowned World Scholar-Athlete Games, as well as to serve as the Institute’s interim vice president.

The fourth edition of the Games, which began in 1993, will attract over 2,000 scholar-Athletes and Scholar-Artists aged 15 to 19 from over 150 countries and all 50 states. The 2006 Games, to be held from June 24 to July 2 in Kingston and Newport, R.I., will also be the highlight of the Institute’s 20-year anniversary celebration.

“The Games present an extraordinary opportunity for young leaders from around the world to come together to compete and learn with each other in a context that highlights world citizenship,” Coffey stated. “I am honored to take part in this celebration of arts, sport and culture.”

Coffey is no stranger to the Institute’s work. In 1999, she was named one of the organization’s Sport Ethics Fellows, and she is also a member of the advisory panel of experts with the Institute’s Center for Sports Parenting. Coffey received the Institute for International Sport’s Frank W. Keaney award in May of 2002, recognizing her “commitment to the scholar-athlete ideal.” Currently an associate professor of physical education at Bates College, she was appointed director of athletics and chair of the department of physical education at Bates in May 1991.

Coffey’s peers recently recognized her as Division III Northeast Region Athletics Director of the Year for 2005. She was elected to chair the NCAA’s Division III Management Council in 2004, and also selected as the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators National Administrator of the Year for Division III in 2001-2002. Ms. Coffey’s four years on the NCAA’s Management Council (2001-2005) included her election as chair of the Council in 2004.

“We are extremely pleased to have Suzanne heading up our showcase event,” said the Institute’s founder and executive director, Dan Doyle. “She embodies the ideals the Games represent by merging academics, athletics and cultural understanding. By conveying her knowledge and guidance to these talented young athletes and artists, she will help them become leaders in their own communities and countries when they return home from the event.”

The 15 athletic programs offered range from basketball to soccer to swimming, while the eight arts activities include choir, dance and writing/poetry. In addition, special Educational Theme Days will engage the participants to focus on topics such as Ethics and Sportsmanship, and World Health, Hunger and Nutrition.

Open and Closing Ceremonies feature internationally recognized performers, as well as the participants’ performances. In between those events, throughout the week famous speakers give speeches and interact with the participants, while other cultural activities, discussion groups and forums take part in the evening each day. In 2003, the keynote speaker at the U.S. Scholar-Athlete Games, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, praised the program, saying “The Scholar-Athlete Games is one of the most impressive and remarkable gatherings of young people I have ever witnessed.”

The World Scholar-Athlete Games is now taking nominations for young future leaders who have completed grades 9, 10, 11 or 12, and have proven talents in athletics or the fine arts. There is also a chance to apply to serve as volunteers, coaches and educators. Full details, including application forms, can be found on the Games’ web site at: www.internationalsport.com. The Institute can also be contacted by phone at: (401) 874-5088, or via e-mail at: wsag@internationalsport.com. Because of the high number of qualified nominees, early submissions are strongly suggested.