Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Darius Shirzadi -- The Role of Sport in Education: Are We Taking Sport Seriously? Is Sport a Valuable Curriculum Component?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

South Common Room

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"The Role of Sport in Education: Are We Taking Sport Seriously? Is Sport a Valuable Curriculum Component?"

Darius Shirzadi is a co-founder and Executive Director of Project GOAL and also co-founder and board member of the Urban Soccer Collaborative. Darius is also the former director of Latino and Cape Verdean Community Affairs with the New England Revolution professional soccer team in Foxboro, Massachusetts. A former professional, college soccer player, coach, and general manager, Darius is fluent in Spanish, some Creole, and some Portugese. He has coached soccer in the middle schools and high schools of Providence and Pawtucket and is well-known by Rhode Island's minority communities, as well as by businesses and the media. Darius is responsible for overall management and administration of GOAL's business affairs. He interacts with GOAL's directors of education and soccer, setting strategy on how to best serve GOAL participants. He also assists in coaching "GOALies" during soccer activities. Darius has been involved with GOAL since its inception in 2002 and is one of its co-founders.

Presented by the Watson Institute for International Studies and Swearer Center for Public Service.

Location: South Common Room, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street.