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November 30, 2017

CSL in Qatar: Graduation Day

Faculty from the VCU Center for Sport Leadership are in Doha, Qatar,  presenting a week-long sports management strategies seminar to members of the Qatar Olympic Committee. The program is taking place at the Qatar Olympic Academy in partnership with the Qatar Foundation & Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) Executive Education Center.  

Our final session of our seminar with the Qatar Olympic Committee was a microcosm of the entire week: an exchanging of ideas, best practices and insightful conversation that left participants and instructors feeling hopeful and inspired.

Brendan Dwyer started the day with a discussion about mega-events. Qatar is scheduled to host several major sporting events in the coming years including the IAAF World Championships in 2019 and the 2022 World Cup.

Carrie LeCrom followed with a topic she knows well: sport for development. Carrie led a discussion about the social impact sport can make and relayed how she has seen it occur all over the world through her work with the U.S. Department of State Sports Diplomacy program.

For the final hour, members of the Qatar Olympic Committee asked questions to the CSL faculty, getting some clarity and insight on the variety of topics covered over the last five days. Then, the instructors asked some final questions to the participants. We learned a great deal from the QOC, a dedicated organization that is committed to sport at the highest level. Their motto of “Sport for Life” is something all countries should embrace.

QOC Secretary General Jassim Rashid Al-Bueinain attended the final session, along with Qatar Olympic Academy Executive Director Saif Mohammad Al-Naemi.  A ceremony was held where each participant received a certificate of completion from the Secretary General. Each of the CSL faculty were also presented with a certificate of appreciation for their cooperation.

As a final gesture of appreciation to the participants, we gave each one of them a VCU soccer scarf, which they draped proudly around them. We told them they are now part of Ram Nation.

We offer a final thank you to Qatar Foundation, Hamad Bin Khalifa University and Rodolph Boughaba, Executive Director of HBKU Executive Education Center, who have been invaluable in their support and guidance. Thank you also to Qatar Olympic Academy, a very gracious host.

Our hope is to return to conduct similar sessions with the QOC as the implement their strategic plan over the next few years. We learned a great deal from this experience, especially about the people of Qatar and we consider ourselves fortunate to call them friends.

Note: Qatar Foundation’s HBKU conducted an analysis to assess demand in Qatar for courses that specifically address the topics and tactics of sports management. Having identified a clear need, HBKU worked directly with VCU’s internationally ranked sports management program to facilitate the course.

November 29, 2017

CSL in Qatar: Visiting our Colleagues at VCUArts Qatar

Faculty from the VCU Center for Sport Leadership are in Doha, Qatar,  presenting a week-long sports management strategies seminar to members of the Qatar Olympic Committee. The program is taking place at the Qatar Olympic Academy in partnership with the Qatar Foundation & Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) Executive Education Center.  

Once we knew we would be traveling to Qatar, we reached out to our colleagues at VCUArts Qatar, which is located in Education City in Doha.

An international school for art and design, students at VCUArts Qatar are discovering and honing their talents, as they experience a VCUarts education 7,000 miles away. VCUarts Qatar also collaborates with VCUarts Richmond, through semester exchange programs for rising juniors and seniors.

Twenty years ago, VCU Arts became the first school to open in Education City, a global community of nine international universities, which now boasts Qatar campuses of Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, Georgetown, Northwestern, Texas A&M, HEC Paris and University College London.

We spent some time with Patty Paine, Director of Liberal Arts and Sciences for VCUArts Qatar who has been on campus for 13 years and shared how both the campus and the city around it has evolved during her time there.

Carrie LeCrom and Patti Paine, Director of Liberal Arts & Sciences for VCUArts Qatar

Isabelle St. Louis, manager of Exhibitions and Lectures gave us a private tour of their latest exhibit, City Limits, which featured two emerging street artists from Iraq, Sajjad Abbas and Laith K. Daer.

Amy Andres is the Director of Libraries for VCUArts Qatar. The campus has two libraries. The first is a traditional one,featuring thousands of  art and design books of all kinds. The second library is extremely unique. The materials library is an eclectic resource for VCUQatar students, faculty and staff and holds material and product samples that can inspire design, be borrowed for research, and used in presentations.

The only one of its kind in this region of the world, the materials library collects, preserves and makes available material samples and printed information on materials and products that are applicable to Interior Design, Fashion, Graphic Design, and Product Design. Product catalogues that are relevant to the various departments (furniture, lighting, etc.) are also available.  We appreciate Amy and her assistant Abdul Rahman Anwar for explaining its unique value to us.

We also want to thank VCUArts Qatar Chief of Security and Safety Mike Arrighi for being an invaluable resources before and during our stay in Qatar.

 

 

November 28, 2017

CSL in Qatar: QOA, Al Gharafa Sports Club & Qatar Basketball Federation

Following our session with the Qatar Olympic Committee members on Tuesday, the executive director of the Qatar Olympic Academy (QOA) Saif Mohammed Al Naemi arranged for us to tour their facilities as well as the nearby Al Gharafa Sports Club and Qatar Basketball Federation.

The QOA is an impressive facility with soccer pitches, handball courts and other support facilities used by their athletes. The focal point is the sand volleyball main court, which is surrounded by several other courts for the popular sport

Just across the road is Al Gharafa Stadium, also known as Thani bin Jassim Stadium, one of the largest stadiums in the state of Qatar. It’s the home of Qatar Soccer League side Al Gharafa. The stadium hosts both QSL and Qatar Gas league games along with knock out ties of the Emir Cup competition.

Al Gharafa Sports Club sponsors multiple sports, including basketball and handball, all housed in their massive indoor facility.

The Qatar Basketball Federation is also located in the complex. The Qatar National Basketball Team is currently competing in the Asian qualifier for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2018 in China.

Much like teams around the world, Qatar is investing in first class facilities to foster progress and success of their athletes and teams.

November 28, 2017

CSL in Qatar: Qatar Olympic Academy

Faculty from the VCU Center for Sport Leadership are in Doha, Qatar,  presenting a week-long sports management strategies seminar to members of the Qatar Olympic Committee. The program is taking place at the Qatar Olympic Academy in partnership with the Qatar Foundation & Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) Executive Education Center.  

Our classroom this week in Doha is the Qatar Olympic Academy. Founded in 2006, QOA’s vision is to beome a leading academy for sports and Olympic education nationally, in the Arabic-speaking region and within the international Olympic Movement.

Part of the International Olympic Academy, the Qatar Olympic Academy was the first academy in the Middle East and North Africa region and has a research centre to help develop a solid sporting structure.

QOA offers high-quality professional education programs to develop and enrich national and regional sport leaders, managers and coaches and to help them lead in sports and the Olympic Movement. Their Sports Management Program provides a dynamic and rigorous curriculum rich in theory and practice of all aspects of Sport. The program has two main objectives: to equip candidates with comprehensive leadership and technical skills that will enable them to manage within the complex sports industry of the 21st century; and to offer students step-by-step preparation for the Professional Master’s degree in Sports Management.

Executive Director Saif Mohammed Al Naemi and his staff have been extremely hospitable and accommodating in welcoming us. On Tuesday, he arranged a tour of the complex, showing us the impressive training and support facilities used by their Olympic athletes. We also visited the adjacent Al Gharafa Sports Club and the Qatar Basketball Federation. (This was such a fun and interesting tour, it deserved its own blog post.)

 

Tuesday’s session with members of the Qatar Olympic Committee focused on group dynamics and leadership development. Led by Greg Greenhalgh, the participants discussed team development and the traits associated with high functioning teams. LeCrom’s leadership workshop focused on what followers want most from a leader and how motivation and communication are key components to a leader’s success.

 

Note: Qatar Foundation’s HBKU conducted an analysis to assess demand in Qatar for courses that specifically address the topics and tactics of sports management. Having identified a clear need, HBKU worked directly with VCU’s internationally ranked sports management program to facilitate the course.

 

 

November 26, 2017

QOC Secretary General Greets CSL Faculty in Doha

Rodolph Boughaba,Exec Dir of HBKU Executive Education Center; Saif Mohammad Al-Naemi, Exec Dir of Qatar Olympic Academy; Carrie LeCrom; Brendan Dwyer; HE Secretary General Jassim Rashid Al-Bueinain; Greg Burton; Greg Greenhalgh

Faculty from the VCU Center for Sport Leadership are in Doha, Qatar,  presenting a week-long sports management strategies seminar to members of the Qatar Olympic Committee. The program is taking place at the Qatar Olympic Academy in partnership with the Qatar Foundation & Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) Executive Education Center.  

by Greg Burton

Just a short time into our opening session with members of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), the VCU Center for Sport Leadership delegation received a surprise guest. The Qatar Olympic Committee Secretary General HE Jassim Rashid Al-Bueinain welcomed the faculty members to Doha and expressed his thanks for partnering with HBKU & the Qatar Foundation and sharing best practices in sports management strategies.

The Secretary General listened intently through parts of the morning and afternoon sessions while twelve participants took the first steps in this week-long partnership.

The day started with an overview of the agenda, followed by introductions and goal-setting for the participants. The six men and six women represent different departments of the QOC including marketing, communications, events, IT, finance, Olympic legacy and human resources. Each wants to complete the sessions with knowledge that can help them grow as individuals and as a team.

Brendan Dwyer praised the QOC for their strong foundation and commitment. He then guided them through a strategy building session aimed at the next step in their Olympic development.

Greg Greenhalgh launched a SWOT analysis exercise which asked the participants to identify the strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats of the QOC, This also allowed the CSL faculty to gain first hand knowledge of the organization and customize or adapt upcoming themes.

The personal development of participants and its impact on the team were the focus of Carrie LeCrom. Using StrengthsFinder, each of the participant took an online assessment, which identified their top five strengths. After reviewing their newly defined leadership traits, LeCrom illustrated how the unique strengths of each person can build a stronger team. The exercise, which brings out competitive spirit among the groups, validated what we were told as young athletes: working as a team can be more productive and efficient as working as an individual.

The day ended with satisfaction and enthusiasm for both the participants and presenters as the roots of this budding partnership took hold.
(Please see below for more pictures from Day 1)

Note: Qatar Foundation’s HBKU conducted an analysis to assess demand in Qatar for courses that specifically address the topics and tactics of sports management. Having identified a clear need, HBKU worked directly with VCU’s internationally ranked sports management program to facilitate the course.


 

November 25, 2017

Grateful Videos

As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s natural to reflect on the many blessings in your life and express appreciation for the people who have loved and supported you along the way.

Three years ago, we created a platform for our students to show their gratitude. We call them “grateful” videos, a compilation of students sharing who and what they are thankful for. It’s become a Thanksgiving tradition for the CSL. If you didn’t catch the, on our Facebook or Twitter channels in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, you can watch this year’s videos below.