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    Number of Muslim women in Olympics rising By Sean Beherec The Daily Texan
    Message 1 of 1 , May 5, 2008
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      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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