Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships

Athletes & Abuse Symposium - April 25, 2018
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From T-Ball to the NFL


This one-day symposium is the first university event to closely examine athletes and abuse across the spectrum of sports and ages. Leading experts, athletes, officials, and policymakers will shine a light on how to change the sports culture that puts children at risk.

The symposium is organized around four sessions -- youth sports, high school and college athletics, elite or Olympic-level athletes, and professional sports, from the NFL and MLB to the NBA and NHL.


Athletes & Abuse Symposium - University of Pennsylvania




8:30-9:00   Coffee & light breakfast


9:00-9:30   Opening Remarks 

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro


9:45-11:00 Youth Sports 
Moderator: Sara Jaffee, Professor of Psychology, UPenn


Steven Berkowitz, M.D., Director, Penn Center for Youth & Family Trauma, Response, and Recovery; Medical   

   Director, Pediatric Integrated Care Program, CHOP

Patty Dailey Lewis, Esq., Executive Director, Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children

Steve Salem, Executive Director, Cal Ripken, Sr., Foundation

Dan Baum, Executive Director, The Redwood Groups Foundation


11:15-12:30  High School and College Sports
Moderator: Susan B. Sorenson, Professor of Social Policy, Executive Director, Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships, UPenn


Sean V. Burke, Esq., Associate General Counsel, UPenn Office of General Counsel

Ann Coker, Ph.D., MPH, Verizon Wireless Endowed Chair, Center for Research on Violence Against Women;

   Professor of Epidemiology, University of Kentucky

Chris Newlin, M.S., L.P.C., Executive Director, National Children's Advocacy Center

Mary Wilfert, M. Ed., Associate Director, NCAA Sports Science Institute


12:30-1:30  Lunch   

1:30-2:00  Keynote Address & Book Signing 
Dominique Moceanu, 1996 Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast

2:00-3:15 Olympic Sports
Moderator: Marci Hamilton, Fox Professor of Practice, UPenn; CEO, CHILD USA


Shellie Pfohl, CEO, U.S. Center for SafeSport

Nancy Hogshead-Makar, CEO, ChampionWomen

Han Xiao, President, USOC Athletes' Advisory Committee

Steven Ungerleider, Ph.D., Co-Founder, Global Sports Development


3:30-4:45 Professional Sports
Moderator: Richard J. Gelles, Joanne and Raymond Welsh Chair of Child Welfare and Family Violence, UPenn


Mary Pilan, Contributing writer, Bleacher Report; Bestselling author of The Monopolists

Doug Glanville, Former MLB outfielder, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers; Consultant,

   Baseball Factory; Author of The Game from Where I Stand

Arthur Pincus, Author, The Official Illustrated NHL History; Former VP of Public Relations, NHL


5:00 - 5:30 Closing Remarks

Andrea Kremer, Chief Correspondent for the NFL Network

 and conveners: Richard J. Gelles, Ph.D.; Marci A. Hamilton, Esq.; Susan B. Sorenson, Ph.D. 



Presentation materials

Coker - Bystander Training

Wilfert - NCAA

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