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Sports: Shaping a Nation

Saturday March 22, 2014 @ Woodbury University (Burbank, CA)
CONFERENCE: Sports: Shaping a Nation. An Arena for Diplomacy, Business and Identity

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This year’s AGBU Hye Geen Young Circle ninth annual conference continues to focus on the status of the Armenian Diaspora living in the U.S. Specifically, this year, the goal of the conference is to discuss how sports helps create a national identity, the role of sports in global diplomacy, how gender and youth are manifested in athletics and the value of sports for the individual, community and nation.

The conference will be moderated by Manouk Akopyan, digital content producer for the National Football League. He is a journalist and writer whose in depth knowledge of sports gives him a unique perspective on its effects within an ethnic community.

Nancy Gavoor’s topic, educator and athletics coach, talks about Sports Diplomacy, exploring how athletics are used to create bonds and dialogue among nations.

Cory Shakarian, sports business executive, sales & marketing professional, will present on the Economics of Sports, exploring the importance of the financial aspect of sports on a nation and the individual. Why do countries vie to host the Olympics or the World Cup and U.S. cities compete to host the Super Bowl? How are the exorbitant salaries earned by athletes affecting the individual, team or its fans?

Megan Fornasar is a graduate student of sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She will present How Fans Love Their Country. Her research into the use of sports in forging a national identity sheds light on the greater purpose of athletics. Going beyond being a fan to instilling pride in one’s heritage.

Edmond Tarvedyan, a trainer of world champions in MMA, boxing and Muay Thai, will speak on the importance of athletics for the youth in helping them forge their gender and personal identities. "Strong in body, strong in mind" is an example of how the importance of sports on the individual helps create a more confident, self-realized person.

This year the conference will also honor Richard N. Demirjian, author of Armenian-American & Canadian Who’s Who of Outstanding Athletes, Coaches and Sport Personalities, a detailed anthology of every notable athlete from 1906 through 1989. This immense volume of 499 pages is a significant accomplishment that adds to the historical knowledge of the Diaspora showing the extensive contributions of Armenians in both college and professional arenas.

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