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The 2019 Sport at the Service of Humanity Conference took place at exciting venues throughout the greater Washington, DC, area, including Capital One Arena, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), and Georgetown University’s Main Campus from November 6 to 8. It featured dynamic speakers and panels, a Georgetown men's basketball home game, a tour of the newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution, and breakout groups focused on building a global movement to use the power of faith and sports for the common good.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - Capital One Arena

6:00 p.m. | Opening Dinner Reception
The Ultra Club

6:20 p.m. | Welcome Remarks from John J. DeGioia and Keynote Address from Marie Royce

7:00 p.m. | GU Men's Basketball Season-Opening Game vs. Mount St. Mary's

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - Georgetown University Main Campus and Conference Center

7:30 a.m. | Registration Opens/Breakfast
GU Hotel and Conference Center

8:15 a.m. | Welcome Remarks
David Eades (conference emcee)
President John J. DeGioia
Monsignor Walter Erbi
Monsignor Melchor Sanchez de Toca
Eugenie Dieck

8:45 a.m. | Address from Sir John Key on "Sports and Civic Engagement"

9:00 a.m. | Panel on “Reflecting on Sports–and Engaging with Questions of Values”
Michael Serazio, Ph.D.
Victor Cha, Ph.D.
​Christine Brennan
Paul Elie (moderator)

9:45 a.m. | Audience Q&A

9:55 a.m. | Break

10:05 a.m. | Poetry Slam Reading by Myiah Smith

10:15 a.m. | Panel on “Inspiring Change Through Major Sports” Featuring National and Global Sports Leaders
​Cathy Engelbert
David Grevemberg
Paul Tagliabue
Val Ackerman (moderator)

11:00 a.m. | Audience Q&A

11:10 a.m. | Break and Walk to Chapel

11:30 a.m. | Interfaith Service with Participation from Georgetown University Student Athletes
Dahlgren Chapel

12:00 p.m. | Break and Walk Back to Conference Center

12:15 p.m. | Buffet Lunch
GU Hotel and Conference Center

1:00 p.m. | Conversation on "Including All: Sport for Every Athlete" Featuring Aimee Mullins, Moderated by Lee Reed

1:30 p.m. | Audience Q&A

1:40 p.m. | Break

1:45 p.m. | Panel on "Bridging Divides Through Sports" featuring DC Youth Organizations
Mohamed Almenfi
Bethany Henderson
Miles Jackson
Brendan Tuohey
Katherine Marshall (moderator)

2:35 p.m. | Audience Q&A

2:45 p.m. | Conversation on "Leading a Life of Sport: Student, Professional, Coach" featuring Patrick Ewing, Moderated by David Eades

3:15 p.m. | Commitment Groups and Call to Action Discussion Led by Eugenie Dieck
Reflecting on Sports and Engaging on Questions of Values
Inspiring Change through Major Sports
Being a Role Model as an Athlete
Bridging Divides through Sports

3:45 p.m. | Free Time

6:00 p.m. | Dinner Reception
Riggs Library

6:15 p.m. | Spoken Word Performance by Patrick de Belen

Friday, November 8, 2019 - National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)

8:00 a.m. | Breakfast Reception
NMAAHC Third Floor Terrace

8:30 a.m. | Remarks by Damion Thomas and NMAAHC Sports History Exhibit Tour

9:15 a.m. | Breakfast and Tour Conclude, Guests Proceed to the Oprah Winfrey Theatre

9:30 a.m. | Sports History Exhibit Processing Session Led by Damion Thomas
NMAAHC Oprah Winfrey Theatre

10:00 a.m. | Remarks on “The Inspiring Power of Sport” from Gérald C. Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec, Member of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Vatican, and Primate of Canada

10:15 a.m. | Conversation on “Overturning a Wrongful Conviction: Golf Art Saved Me and Georgetown Set Me Free” with Marc Howard, Ph.D. and Valentino Dixon, Moderated by David Eades

10:45 a.m. | Audience Q&A

11:00 a.m. | Call to Action Led by Eugenie Dieck

11:20 a.m. | Audience Q&A

11:30 a.m. | Monsignor Melchor Sanchez de Toca Concludes the Conference

11:40 a.m. | Optional shuttle from NMAAHC to main campus

This schedule is subject to change.