More than Gold Medals: Preparing Global Citizens - A Joint Program Created by Ithaca College, Beijing Sport University and the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG)

By Hongwei Guan, Steven Siconolfi and Hua Yang.

Published by The Sport Collection

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Sport is an important part of our global society. Most people relate to the glory of winning and sympathize with the agony of defeat. The Olympic Games is obviously an event that encompasses many athletes’ dreams. However, the Olympic Games is not just a place to compete for gold medals and perform on a world stage. It is an excellent place for people from all over the world to work together. People learn from each other through the venue of the Games, and have an opportunity to understand each other’s cultures. The result is the creation of a world that can be a better place for future generations. This paper depicts a program created at Ithaca College based on the collaborations between multiple institutions. Key areas of the program include: 1) how the program was created to fit students, faculty and staff into the epic of sport – Olympic Games and beyond, 2) what an institution can do to enable faculty and students to interact with people from different cultures and learn what cannot be learned in a classroom, and 3) how these meaningful learning opportunities have impacted faculty and students. The paper will show how a joint program created by Ithaca College, Beijing Sport University and Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) facilitated these goals, relationships, and successes.

Keywords: Physical Education, Global Citizen, Olympic Games, Culture

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.39-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 598.020KB).

Dr. Hongwei Guan

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Health Promotion & Physical Education, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, Ithaca College, Ithaca, USA

Hongwei Guan began as an assistant professor at Ithaca College in 2005 after earning a Ph.D. at Indiana University. His earlier degrees were from Beijing Sport University. He teaches Motor Skills Development, Fitness Application for Health Promotion, and Health Research and Analysis. In addition, he serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology at the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Indiana University, providing international collaboration and research. He is an active member of American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). Dr. Guan served as the President for the International Chinese Society for Physical Activity and Health (ICSPAH) from 2007- 2008. At Ithaca College, he initiated several joint collaborations and programs between Ithaca College and Chinese institutions in sport & physical education. Dr. Guan’s service links teaching and scholarship in several disciplines and provides substantial benefit to Ithaca College internationally.

Dr. Steven Siconolfi

Dean, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, Ithaca College, Ithaca, USA

Steven F. Siconolfi, Ph.D., FACSM has 12 years of dean level of academic administration and nine years as scientist/administrator at NASA. At NASA, he also developed two US Patents and one Space Act Agreement. His degrees are in Physical Education and Exercise Physiology. His scholarship has been cited in over 350 scientific papers. At Ithaca College, his major accomplishments include: Starting undergraduate and graduate programs, Creating a cost analysis program balancing credit hour generation with tuition income, and a concept-based general education program. He also developed the Discover Careers program that exposed over 1500 middle-high school students from the inner city to potential jobs in health care. HealthQuest, is a sister program, that has brought over 100 rural students to live on campus during the summer to experience interactive learning with practitioners in Allied Health. He has spoken at international conferences on how to build international agreements.

Prof. Hua Yang

President, Beijing Sport University, Beijing, China

Professor Hua Yang, President of Beijing Sport University, also was a former President of Chengdu Sport University. Professor Yang has many years of administrative experience in higher education in China. His degrees are in Physical Education and Exercise Training. Professor Yang’s research interests include strategic development of physical education, administration in higher education. He has published 10 textbooks and more than 50 journal articles. Professor Yang has received numerous educational and research awards at national and state levels. He has been selected as an outstanding young researcher and leading exporter by the General Administration of Sport of China, and outstanding expert by Sichuan Provincial Government. President Yang was selected to receive special subsidy from the State Department in 2000.