CSL Daily

June 26, 2018

ENVEST India: Phase 2 Begins Stateside

ENVEST (Empowering New Voices Through Education and Sports Training) is a two-way cultural exchange sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and Sports Diplomacy Division.The grant was awarded to Carrie LeCrom and the Center of Sport Leadership at VCU who is partnering with Utah based Goals for Girls for this phase of the exchange. This exchange centers around female youth soccer players from India and the United States. Six months ago, the U.S. delegation traveled to India. This week, the Indian delegation is in Salt Lake Center for a Girls Leadership Summit

ENVEST girls arrived off their long flights to a bunch of incredibly excited Goals for Girls Alumni girls. Posters welcoming each organization were made, as well as candy leis. After arrival, they went to their host family homes where they settled in, got tours and orientation of the homes, and cleaned up.

The welcome dinner was at a beautiful Salt Lake City park, and included the Indian delegation, Goals for Girls alumni and their families. One of the most popular restaurants in Utah is called Cafe Rio, which is a Mexican restaurant that we all love. They catered the dinner, and one of our awesome host families hosted, and decorated the tables making the dinner feel extra special. The Indian delegation seemed to enjoy the new food. The bluegrass band came to welcome the girls, and everyone seemed to really enjoy clapping and singing to the music. After dinner, we brought out a soccer ball pinata, and had the girls take a hit at it to release the candy that was inside of it.

The girls were presented with welcome bags, which contained a welcome letter, water bottles, notebooks, chapstick, deodorant, pens, snacks, and more. All of these items were donated by some awesome Utah companies. Additionally, each girl received a program handbook and we reviewed the ENVEST program, and the girls received their ENVEST t-shirts. The night ended with some soccer juggling games and an American game called corn-hole.

Saturday was a day designated to learn more about Utah history, government and culture. We met at the Utah State Capitol Building where a representative from the University of Utah’s Global Engagement office dropped off some welcome bags for the girls. We then moved inside the Capitol for a tour that introduced the girls to how our state and federal government works, including the different branches of government. The girls met with Utah Senator Davis, who represents the 3rd District (he represents about 100,000 people) and sat with the girls and discussed his role. The girls asked amazing questions, like: “What are your plans for the upcoming 5 years?” “What are some of the recent laws that have been passed?” We were very impressed with the way girls looked some of these government officials in the eye, and made inquiries with such confidence.

After the Capitol Building tour, we went to “Temple Square”, which is where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the largest religion in Utah) has its world headquarters. The girls toured a huge conference center where the church has it’s yearly meetings, and then their temple and beautiful grounds.

After touring, we walked to a popular park in Salt Lake called Memory Grove park, where we ate lunch on blankets, had popsicles, and played get to know you games. We then had a discussion about how Salt Lake is the home to many refugees, and talked about what a refugee is. We then went to a big community festival celebrating World Refugee Day.

We then headed to Judge Memorial Catholic High School, where we played a friendly match with their girls soccer team. We played on a turf field that overlooked the cityscape.nnn

One of the families (The DiGregorios) hosting the CEQUIN girls then had the entire group over for dinner. They barbequed chicken, had vegetable skewers, watermellon, potatoes and salad. It was delicious and the girls loved it! Many of them got to jump on a trampoline for the first time, which was quite an experience. It was a wonderful evening filled with laughter and good company

Sunday was designated as a day with host families. Each of the 6 host families spent the day differently. A few families decided to go to the Salt Lake Bees baseball game where we ate lots of ballpark food: nachos, churros, cotton candy, and dippin’ dots were a hit! The girls even got to meet the mascot and get some good pics.

After the game, some of the girls went swimming, while others went to the Indian Market to get ingredients for a special dinner. The Riffo-Jensen’s got a treat tonight as the girls from Shining Stars FC made dinner for the family. It was a really special thing for the girls to be able to share their culture with the people they felt have become like family. Click here to watch a beautiful video of that experience.

We hope you all are doing well, and are enjoying watching this journey unfold! All of the girls are doing very well, and spirits are high.

June 13, 2018

Charlie Howe ’07 Leads U.S.G.A. Preparation for 2018 U.S. Open

The best golfers from around the world have arrived at Shinnecock Hills
in Southhampton, New York for this week’s U.S. Open, which begins Thursday. Charlie Howe CSL ’07  has been on site for 18 months making sure everything inside and outside the ropes goes smoothly.

Howe is the Championship Director of the 2018 U.S. Open. His list of duties and responsibilities range from transportation to hospitality to merchandise tents.  He recently spoke with CSL Director of Communication Greg Burton’s daily radio show to discuss the preparation that goes into hosting a world class sporting event. Thanks to ESPN 99.5 in Richmond for providing the audio

June 11, 2018

#CSLnetwork on the Radio

Under an ESPN Radio tent surrounded by baseball, softball and soccer fields,
one CSL alum interviewed another about the mega event that was unfolding around them.

Jason Schilling ’14, Sports Tourism Coordinator for Henrico County, was part of a collaborative effort, along with Richmond Region Tourism, to bring the VHSL Spring Jubilee to Glen Allen High School and Deep Run High School.  Local sports talk radio host Greg Burton ’12 was on site promoting the event and spoke with Jason about what it took to bring it to town.

This was the first time the  Richmond area hosted the VHSL Class 5 & 6 Spring Jubilee. State Championships were awarded in baseball, softball, boys soccer, girls soccer, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, boys tennis and girls tennis. The events brought thousands of people from around the state to RVA. Listen to the entire interview here.



June 11, 2018

CSL Faculty, Alumni Present at NASSM 2018

The Center for Sport Leadership was well represented at the 2018 North America Society for Sports Management Convention in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

CSL faculty members Carrie LeCrom, Ph.D., Brendan Dwyer, Ph.D., and Greg Greenhalgh, Ph.D. all presented research during the three-day conference. Alumni also in attendance included: Chris Atwater, Ph.D. of Pfeiffer University, Ashley Duguay, a fourth year doctoral student at University of Windsor, Jen Gellock, second year doctoral student at VCU,
Lisa Rufer, Ph.D. of Rider University and Mark Slavich, Ph.D. of Grand View University.


May 30, 2018

Dr. Carrie LeCrom Named Fulbright Scholar

The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board have announced that Carrie LeCrom Ph.D., Executive Director of the Center for Sport Leadership at VCU, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to South Africa in Sport for Social Development. LeCrom will work with colleagues at Stellenbosch University’s Center for Human Performance Sciences to create, pilot, and evaluate a soccer coaching program for girls specifically in the U/20 age group.


“To say I’m honored to be the recipient of a Fulbright would be an understatement,” said LeCrom. “I’ve spent the last decade devoted to developing sport for development programs and instilling in our CSL students the many important ways sport can be used to promote social change. My time in South Africa will take this work even further, allowing me to spend a year devoted to a very special population of girls who have so much potential.”


LeCrom is one of over 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2018-2019 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.


Over the last ten years, LeCrom has been awarded more than $2 million in grants from the U.S Department of State’s Sports Diplomacy Division to operate cultural exchanges and sport for development programs in Ethiopia, China, South Africa, Kazakhstan, India and Sri Lanka. LeCrom will spend most of 2019 in Stellenbosch, located in South Africa’s Western Cape Province, just east of Cape Town. LeCrom’s initiative will reach into the rural communities to a group of girls who are some of the most distressed, due to their isolated locations, high levels of gender violence, and lack of access to education and extracurricular programming.


“The young girls participating in our program will learn to become effective soccer coaches and to organize soccer events for girls from the local elementary schools, which in itself is a worthy project because the younger girls are also underserved. However, learning to coach and organize are merely vehicles through



which the girls will learn and practice important life and job skills, such as time management, goal-setting and communication under pressure when presenting to a group.”


The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.


Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Fulbrighters address critical global in all disciplines, while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.


May 22, 2018

CSL ’18 – Growing the #CSLnetwork

We are proud to announce the jobs and internships earned by the Class of 2018, as of May 21. On our social media channels each day, we’ll highlight one graduate student and their new opportunity in the sport industry. Below is the complete list. We’ll add to it as other graduate students finalize their plans.