Number of Muslim women in Olympics rising
- Number of Muslim women in Olympics rising
By Sean Beherec
The Daily Texan
There is a growing number of Muslim women involved in Olympic sports,
which professor Ian Henry said could lead to greater cultural
UT head football coach Mack Brown, kinesiology students and other
members of the global kinesiology community listened to Henry speak
about Muslim women's roles in the Beijing Summer Olympics, among other
things, at the 27th annual Alderson Lecture Tuesday evening.
"Globalism, Interculturalism and Sport Policy" featured Henry, a
professor of leisure policy and management at Loughborough University
in England and writer and editor of European Sport Management
Quarterly, a publication of the European Association of Sport
Management. The Alderson Lecture is presented in honor of C.J. and
Mary Alderson, who served a combined 85 years in education.
Henry has researched issues that exist within the kinesiology
community throughout his career, which he presented in part during the
lecture. He is known in Britain as the author of "The Politics of
Leisure Policy," which is known as the "orange Bible" because of its
importance in kinesiological education. He is researching the global
and cultural impact on the kinesiology community.
"The students we serve and the colleagues we work with come from an
increasingly diverse base," Henry said.
Henry added that an understanding and compromise must be reached
between members of the global kinesiology community, which could then
spread to other areas of society. He predominantly mentioned Muslim
women and their roles in organizing the Olympic games this year in
Beijing. Their involvement could assist in the eradication of
stereotypes that are often associated with these women, he said.
"We do have the ingenuity to make adjustments," he said.
Henry displayed a picture of Bahrain's Ruqaya Al Ghasara winning a
100-meter race during the Pan-Arab Games wearing a hijab as an example
of the growing diversity in the world of Olympic sports.
Kinesiology scholarships were also presented at the lecture to
distinguished undergraduate and graduate students.
Kinesiology associate professor Janice Todd presented 20 undergraduate
Alderson scholarships, totaling $30,000, following the presentation of
graduate student scholarships by kinesiology professor and graduate
adviser Joseph Starnes. Among the graduate student scholarships was
the new Mack Brown Endowed Scholarship in Kinesiology, which he
presented to two students.
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