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25 Years of Applied Olympism for Humanity Theory & Evidence from the Field

The activities of our humanitarian venture were designed based on more than 25 years of related institutional and individual expertise on Applied Olympic and Paralympic Education, youth and sport for development and peace, social entrepreneurship, community health, resilience and sport policy and governance.

Our vision is to serve as a unifying academic platform and a resource that will serve humanitarian needs across the globe.

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Selected awards and grants received to establish the Applied Olympism for Humanity Literacy, Theory and Praxis  

Lyras, A.  2002-2017. A total $678,189 funding received as a Principal Investigator and more than $2,000,000 as Co-Principal Investigator in collaborative projects related to Applied Olympism and conflict resolution youth program design, delivery and impact assessment. Olympic and Paralympic Education Field Research funding received from the International Olympic Committee/Olympic Solidarity, United Nations Development Office, United Nations Office of Program Services, Georgetown University, Cyprus Research Foundation, European Union, Generations for Peace and Goldman Sachs Gives.

Lyras, A (2002-2003 & 2003-2004). International Olympic Committee’s IOC’s Higher Education Scholarship for Sport Administrators recipient for two consecutive years through a worldwide selection process from Olympic Solidarity.

Lyras, A. (2004). Multidimensional Sport Development: An investigation of the educational aspects and psycho-social impact of sports. Grant awarded from the Cyprus Research Foundation, Nicosia, Cyprus ($100,000).

Lyras, A. (2004-2007). Ph.D. Dissertation was supported with Funding from the Cyprus Research Foundation and the United Nations.

Lyras, A. Yiannakis, A., & Kartakoullis N. (2005). Doves Olympic Movement Summer Camp 2005. Grant awarded by the United Nations Office of Project Services ($64,500).

Lyras, A. (2006-2007). Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. Graduate School, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA.

Lyras, A., Yiannakis, A. & Kartakoullis, N. (2006). Doves Olympic Movement Summer Camps 2006-2007. Grant awarded by the United Nations Development Programme ($142,070).

Welty Peachey, J., & Lyras, A. (2006). Grant submitted to the University of Connecticut’s Office of Human Rights to bring speakers from the Center for the Study of Sport in Society to campus to talk about athletes and human rights. ($1,500).

Lyras, A., Yiannakis, A. & Kartakoullis, N. (2007). Building a common future through sport and education. Grant awarded by the United Nations Development Programme. ($197,619).

Lyras, A. (2007). Graduate Student Association Scholarship and Leadership Award, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA.

Borland J., Lyras, A. & Welty Peachey, J., (2010). Sport for social change: Assessing the impact of the Street Soccer USA Cup on effective Life Changes Among the Homeless. North American Association for Sport Management Research Award ($2,000).

Welty Peachey, J., & Lyras, A. (2011). Principal Investigator. A longitudinal impacts assessment of Street Soccer USA. Street Soccer USA, New York, New York. $5,000 (portions in kind).

Welty Peachey, J., Lyras, A., Cunningham, G.B., & Bruening, J. (2011). Principal Investigator. An impacts assessment of the 2011 World Scholar-Athlete Games and World Youth Peace Summit. Institute for International Sport, Kingston, Rhode Island. $30,000 (portions in kind).

Lyras, A. (2011-2012) Faculty Favorite, Outstanding Professor Nominated by Students, Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Louisville, KY, USA

Lyras, A. (2012). Olympism for Humanity Innovation Development Education and Literacy through Sport (IDEALS). Outstanding Faculty, Community Engagement Award, President’s Office, University of Louisville, KY, USA

Lyras, A. (2011). Olympism for Humanity Innovation Development Education and Literacy through Sport (IDEALS). Outstanding Student Community Engagement Award, President’s Office, University of Louisville, KY, USA

Lyras, A. (2010-2012). Olympism for Humanity Innovation Development Education and Literacy through Sport (IDEALS). Mohammad Ali Institute of Peace and Justice Faculty Fellowship, KY, USA

Lyras, A (2012-2014). HM King Abdullah II of Jordan Generations for Peace Research Fellow, Conflict Resolution Program Department of Government, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA. (World-wide competitive selection through a competitive worldwide search process, which included evaluation of proposals submitted by the candidates and in person interviews of the short listed applicants with faculty and students at the Conflict Resolution MA Program and Department of Government at Georgetown University).

Olympism for Humanity Selected Reports and Scholarship in Chronological Order

Lyras, A. (2001). Sport for development: The philosophy of sport of the millennium. Nicosia, Cyprus.

Lyras, A. (2003). Doves Olympic Movement: Pilot study for interethnic conflict management and cultural development. University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

Lyras, A. (2004). Multidimensional sport development: An investigation of the educational aspects and psycho-social impact of sports. Grant awarded from the Cyprus Research Foundation, Nicosia, Cyprus.

Lyras, A. (2005). Doves Olympic Movement Summer Camp 2005: Training manual.  Nicosia, Cyprus.

Lyras, A. (2007). Characteristics and psycho-social impacts of an inter-ethnic educational sport initiative on Greek and Turkish Cypriot youth. PhD Dissertation, University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Lyras, A. (2008). Organizational Change Theory: Sport for Peace and Development. The Chronicle of  Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education.

Lyras, A. (2009). Sport for peace and development theory (SFDT). Paper shortlisted for a research award by the European Association for Sport Management. Amsterdam, Netherlands, September 2009.

Kartakoullis, N, Karlis, G., Loizou, C. & Lyras, A. (2009b). Uzing sport to build Trust. European Journal for Sport and Society. 6(1), 73-85.

Lyras, A., &  Hums, M. (2009c). Sport and Social Change: The Case for Gender Equality. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance. 80(1), 7-8, 20-21.

Yiannakis, A., Douvis, J. & Lyras, A. (2010). Making Sociology of Sport More Relevant: A Plan for Action. Invited Chapter in Sociology of SportTextbook. In “Ο Αθλητισμός στην Κοινωνία και η Κοινωνία τοσ Αθλητισμού. (Sport in Society and the Society of Sport). Eds: Chatziefstathiou, D. & Georgoulas, S., NIRIIDES, Athens, Greece.

Lyras, A., & Welty Peachey, J. (2011). Integrating sport-for-development theory and praxis. Sport Management Review14(4), 311-326.

Lyras, A. (2012a). The Doves Olympic Movement Project: Integrating Olympism, development, and peace. In R. Schinke & S. Hanrahan (Eds.), Sport for development, peace, and social justice. Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology.

Lyras, A. (2012b). Olympism in practice: Psycho-social impacts of an educational sport initiative on Greek and Turkish Cypriot Youth. ICHPER-SD Journal of Research, 7, 46-54.

Lyras, A. (2012c). Καινοτομία μέσα απο το παρελλθον μας. [Innovation in Sport for Development]. ΕΚΙΒΟΛΟΣ, Hellenic Academy of Physical Education, Greece.

Welty Peachey, J., & Cohen, A. (2012d). Sport for social change and development. In GB Cunningham and JN Singer (Eds.), Sociology of sport and physical activity (2nd ed.). College Station, TX: Center for Sport Management Research and Education.

Welty Peachey, J., Lyras, A., Borland, J., & Cohen, A. (2013). Street Soccer USA Cup: Preliminary findings of a sport-for-homeless intervention. ICHPER-SD Journal of Research8(1), 3-11.

Welty Peachey, J., Lyras, A., Cohen, A., Bruening, J., & Cunningham, G. (2013). Exploring the motives and retention factors of sport-for-development volunteers. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1177/0899764013501579

Ha, J., & Lyras, A. (2013). Sport for Refugee Youth in a New Society: The Role of Acculturation in SFDP Programming. South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation.

Hancock, M. G., Lyras, A., & Ha, J. (2013). Sport for development programs for girls and women: A global assessment. Journal of Sport for Development, 1(1), 15-24.

Welty Peachey, J., Cohen, A., Borland, J., & Lyras, A. (2013). Exploring the initial motivations of individuals to volunteer with a sport-for-homeless initiative. International Journal of Sport Management14, 103-122.

Welty Peachey, J., Cohen, A., Borland, J., & Lyras, A. (2013). Building social capital: Examining the impact of Street Soccer USA on its volunteers. International Review for the Sociology of Sport48(1), 20-37.

Welty Peachey, J., Cohen, A., Cunningham, G., Lyras, A, & Bruening, J. (2014). Exploring participant motivations to take part in an elite, multinational, sport-for-development event. Event Management18, 153-168.

Welty Peachey, J., Cunningham, G., Lyras, A., Cohen, A., & Bruening, J. (2014). The influence of a sport-for-development event on prejudice and change agent self-efficacy. Journal of Sport Management. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1123/jsm.2013-0251

Lyras, A. (2014a). Olympic education in practice: Educational components of a sport for peacebuilding intervention. In D. Chatziefstathiou, & M. Muller (Eds.), Olympism, Olympic education and learning legacies. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Lyras, A. (2014b) Olympism for Humanity: Restoring and reconstructing the essence of Ancient Olympia’s Legacy. Invited keynote paper to be published in the proceedings of the International Olympic Academy’s 12th International Session for Directors of National Academies, May 12th -19th, 2013 (to be translated and published in Greek, English, French and Spanish).

Welty Peachey, J., Borland, J., Lobpries, J., & Cohen, A. (2014). Managing impact: Leveraging sacred spaces and community celebration to maximize social capital at a sport-for development event. Sport Management Review. Advance online publication. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.smr.2014.05.003

Welty Peachey, J., & Bruening, J., Cohen, A., Lyras, A., & Cunningham, G. (2014). Examining social capital development among volunteers of a multinational sport-for-development event. Journal of Sport Management. Advance online publication. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/jsm.2013-0325

Lyras, A. (2015) Olympism in the Service of Humanity: Olympism for Humanity Alliance’s bridges between theory and practice. The Official Journal of the International Olympic Academy. Vol. 8, pages 50-5

Lyras, A. (in press) Human-centered Olympiad Ecology: Building a Sustainable Society. Proceedings of the keynote paper presentation at the 13th Joint international session for presidents and directors of National Olympic Academies and Officials of National Olympic Committees, Ancient Olympia, May 7-14, 2016.  International Olympic Academy, Greece

Lyras, A. & Welty Peachey, J. (2016).  The Conception, Development, and Application of Sport-for-Development Theory. In “Routledge Handbook of Theory in Sport Management”. Eds: Cunningham, G., Fink, J. & Doherty, A., Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. p131-142.

Selected Reports grounded on Olympism For Humanity and Sustainable Development Model

Lyras, A., Loizou, C., & Kotziamani, E. (In progress). Qualitative analysis of the perceived impact of the Doves Project and investigation of the factors that lead to positive cross-cultural interaction and development.

Lyras, A., Moese, M., Kotziamani, E., & Votsis, E., (2009). A mixed methods assessment of the Sport Education and Development Unit which is a part of the at risk youth Doves Project.

Lyras, A.,  Votsis, E., Kotziamani, E., Charalmbidou, P., Ceylan, G. & Lima, C., (2008). Statistical analysis of the psycho-social impact of the Doves Olympic Movement Summer Camps 2006-2008.

Lyras, A., Votsis, E., Kotziamani, E., Charalambidou, P. & Ceylan, G. (2008). The 2008 PeacePlayers International Summer Camp. Technical Report Submited to the United Nations Development Programme.

Lyras, A., Ioannou, A., Brown, S., Boyer, M., Niv-Solomon, A., Poliviou, P., Kotziamani, E., Janik, L., Golberg, S., & Mageggia, D. (2008). The 2007 Doves Global Education Project. Technical Report Submited to the United Nations Development Programme.

Lyras, A., Loizou, C., & Kotziamani, E. (2007) Qualitative analysis of the perceived impact and organizational aspects of the Doves Olympic Movement.

Lyras, A. (2005). Training Manual of the Doves Olympic Movement Summer Camp 2005.  Manuscript developed for a UNOPS funded project to be used for replication of the Doves Project in other regions around the globe.

Welty Peachey, J., Cohen, A., Lyras, A., & Borland, J. (2011). Street Soccer USA Volunteer Impacts Technical Report.

Welty Peachey, J., Borland, J., Lyras, A., & Cohen, A. (2011). Street Soccer USA Cup Impacts Assessment Technical Report.

Selected presentations on Olympism For Humanity and Sustainable Development Model

Lyras, A., Brown S.W. & Radovic, Z. (October, 2004). Educational issues in coaching: A global investigation of basketball coaches’ profession.Paper presented at the 35th Annual Conference of the Northeastern Educational Research Association in New York, USA.

Lyras, A., Yiannakis, A., Kartakoullis, N., & Loizou. C. (September, 2005). Sports as a Medium for Personal and Social Change. Paper Presented at the 13th Congress of the European Association for Sport Management, Newcastle, England.

Alexandrou, K., Emiroglou, O., Lyras, A. & Peachy, J. (September, 2006). Doves Olympic Movement and World Scholar Athlete Games: Forces of Positive Social Change. Presented at the 14th Congress of the European Association for Sport Management, Nicosia, Cyprus.

Lyras, A., Yiannakis, A., Kartakoullis, N., Kotziamani, E., & Loizou, C. (September, 2006). Doves Olympic Movement: Organizational issues and psychosocial impact of a sport and cultural enrichment program on Cypriot youth. Paper presented at the 14th Congress of the European Association for Sport Management, Nicosia, Cyprus.

Lyras, A. (May, 2007). Social Responsibility in Sport Management. A symposium at the North American Society for Sport Management Annual Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Brown, W.  S., Lyras, A., Ioannou, A., Boyer, M., Poliviou, P., Kotziamani, Niv-Solomon, E., Lima, C., Janik, L., Gehlback & Maneggia, D. (March, 2008). Problem-solving, decision making and negotiations in an interdisciplinary environment: The 2007 Doves Global Education Project. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, NY, USA.

Lyras, A.,  Kotziamani, E, Votsis, E., Polyviou, P., Loizou, C., & Ceylan, G. (May, 2008).Youth Sport, Olympism and Active Citizenship. Paper presented at the International Childhood and Youth Research Network Conference, Nicosia, Cyprus.

Lyras, A., Welty Peachey, J., Hums, M. & Wolf, E. (May, 2008). Olympism and Social Change: From Theory into Practice and from Practice Back to Theory. Paper presented at the North American Society for Sport Management Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.

Lyras, A. & Kotziamani, E., (October, 2008). Olympism for peace and development: A case study analysis of an inter-ethnic community based initiative. The Sixth International Peace Conference. Kyoto & Hiroshima, Japan.

Lyras, A. & Yiannakis, A. (November, 2008). Characteristics and psycho-social impacts of an inter-ethnic educational sport initiative on Greek and Turkish Cypriot youth. Paper presented at the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Denver, CO, USA.

Lyras, A., Tokuyama, S., Haan, J.Y, (May, 2009). Sport for peace and development: Case analysis of governing sport for peace practices in Japan and Korea. Paper submitted for presentation at the North American Society for Sport Management Annual Conference, Columbia, SC, USA.

Lyras, A., Wollf, E., Hancock, M. & Selvaraju, U. (November, 2009). Sport for Development Global Initiative. Paper presented at the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Ottawa, Canada.

Lyras, A. (September, 2009). Sport for Peace and Development Theory. Paper shortlisted for a research award by the European Association for Sport Management. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Welty Peachey, J., Lyras, A., Borland, J., Hancock, M. & Cohen, A. (June, 2010).Sport for social change: A Methodological Proposition for Assessing the Impact of Street Soccer USA on Effecting Positive Life Changes Among the Homeless. Paper presented at the Power of Sport Summit, International Association of Sport for Development and Peace, Boston, MA, USA.

Lyras, A, , Cohen, A., Payne, E., Eaton, M., & Greg. E. (June, 2010). Sport for Development Independent Study: A Case Study of Intersected Service, Teaching and Research. Paper presented at the Power of Sport Summit, International Association of Sport for Development and Peace, Boston, MA, USA.

Lyras, A. (June, 2010). Measuring Success: Sport for Development and Peace Monitoring and Evaluation. Keynote presentation at the Power of Sport Summit, International Association of Sport for Development and Peace, Boston, MA, USA.

Lyras, A., Welty Peachey, J., Borland, J., Cann, L., Cohen, A. (June, 2011). Sport for Social Change: Using a Case Study Analysis to Advance Sport-For-Development Theory and Assessment Strategies. Symposium presented at the 2011 North American Society for Sport Management Annual Conference, London, Ontario, CA.

Lyras, A., Welty Peachey, J., Mafukidze, J., Svensson, P. G., Psutka, C., Bernstein, G., & Psimopoulus, C.  (November, 2011). Navigating towards an integrated and inclusive SFD stakeholders engagement. Workshop at the Next Step Sport for Development Conference, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Lyras, A., Welty Peachey, J., Borland, J., Can, L., Cohen, A. (June, 2011). Sport for social change: Using a case study analysis to advance sport-for- development theory and assessment strategies. Paper presented for a symposium at the North American Society for Sport Management Annual Conference, London, Ontario.

Lyras, A. (May, 2011). Olympism, Peace and Development: A Call for Action. International Session for Educators and Officials of Higher Institutes of Physical Education. International Olympic Academy, Ancient Olympia, Greece.

Welty Peachey, J., Cohen, A., Borland, J., & Lyras, A. (May, 2012). Exploring the initial motivations of individuals to volunteer with a sport-for-homeless initiative. Oral presentation at the North American Society for Sport Management annual conference, Seattle, Washington.

Welty Peachey, J., Lyras, A., Cohen, A. (March, 2012). Advancing long-term sport-for-development monitoring and evaluation strategies: Integrating theory, research and practice. Oral presentation at the annual conference of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Boston, Massachusetts.

Lyras, A., (November, 2011). Reviving Ancient Olympia’s Spirit: SFD Partnerships, Governance and Next Steps. Keynote presentation at the Next Steps Conferences, Trinidad and Tobago.

Lyras, A. (November, 2011). Theory to Practice in Sport for Development. Keynote panelist at the Sport and the Global South international conference. Fairfax, Virginia, USA.

Lyras, A., (September, 2012). Sport and peaceful coexistence: To become a trainer in peaceful coexistence and conflict resolution through the values and practice of sports. Keynote panelist at the V International Conflictology and Peace Conference, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.

Lyras, A. (October, 2013). Olympism4Humanity: An Intersection Between Olympic Ideals, Conflict Resolution, Global Health and Development Theory and Praxis. Invited Speaker at the Yale McMillan Center, co-sponsored event with Yale Center for Analytical Sciences, Yale School of Public Health, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA, October 28, 2013.

Lyras, A. (June, 2013). Olympism for Humanity in practice. Keynote presentation at the Olympism for Humanity Praxis Summer Program, International Olympic Academy, Olympia, Greece, June 23- July 3, 2013.

Lyras, A. (May 2013) Olympism for Humanity: Restoring and reconstructing the essence of Ancient Olympia’s Legacy. Keynote presentation at the International Olympic Academy’s 12th International Session for Directors of National Academies, May 12th -19th, 2013.

Lyras, A. (January, 2014). Olympism For Humanity: Steps Towards the Integration of Pierre De Coubertin´s Vision with Human-Centered Synergies and Applied Scholarship. Paper presented at the Pierre De Coubertin Committee’s Symposium. The Olympic Museum, International Olympic Committee, Lausanne, Switzerland, January 24-25, 2014.

Lyras, A. (April, 2014). Ancient Marathon, Boston Marathon, History, Present and Future. Keynote presentation at the Annual Ancient Marathon-Boston Marathon Symposium, Harvard University, Boston, USA, April 22, 2014.

Lyras, A. (June, 2014). Olympism for Humanity inspirations and bridges across disciplines and local challenges. Keynote presentation at the Olympism for Humanity Praxis Summer Program, International Olympic Academy, Ancient Olympia, Greece, June 28- July 8, 2014.

Lyras, A. (June, 2014). Olympism for Humanity foundations: Linkages between Ancient Olympia and Marathon’s heritage. Keynote presentation at the Olympism for Humanity Summit, Marathon, Greece, June 28- July 8, 2014.

Lyras, A. (April, 2015). Olympism for Humanity bridges across time and space. Keynote presentation at the Annual Ancient Marathon-Boston Marathon Symposium, Harvard University, Boston, USA, April 18, 2015.

Lyras, A. (June, 2015). Olympism Foundations, Vision and Collective Wisdom. Keynote presentation at the Olympism for Humanity Summit, International Olympic Academy, Ancient Olympia, Greece, June 25- July 5, 2015.

Lyras, A. (May, 2016) Human-centered Olympiad Ecology: Building a Sustainable Society. Keynote paper presentation at the 13th Joint international session for presidents and directors of National Olympic Academies and Officials of National Olympic Committees, Ancient Olympia, Greece, May 7-14, 2016.

Lyras, A. (September, 2016). Applied Olympic Education and Student Engagement. Brazilian Olympism for Humanity Praxis Symposium on Restoration and Entrepreneurship. The University Anhembi-Morumbi, Sao Paolo, Brazil.

 Lyras, A. (February, 2017): Shared Vision and Cooperation on Applied Olympic Education and Research: University of Tsukuba and MRIU – India and Japan. In: INDO JAPANESE CONCLAVE III, “Olympism for Humanity Restoration Enterprise: Academic Legacy Goals, Scope and Foundation-Towards Tokyo 2020”, Manav Rachna International University (India) in association with University of Tsukuba (Japan), February 13th to 14th, 2017, Faridabad, India.

 Lyras, A. (February, 2017) Olympism for Humanity and Sustainable Academic Innovation Legacies: Global Vision and Strategy. Olympism for Humanity Restoration Enterprise International Conference. Manav Rachna International University. Delhi, India.

Lyras, A., Kumar, P., Gupta, B. (February, 2017). Applied Olympism for Humanity and Sustainable Programming. Olympism for Humanity Restoration Enterprise International Conference. Pannel Discussion. . Manav Rachna International University. Delhi, India.

Lyras, A. (February, 2017). Applied Olympism in Society. Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Delhi, India.

Lyras, A. (February, 2017). Physical Education, Olympic Values and Social Innovation. Olympism for Humanity Praxis: The Indian Project. Panjab University. Panjab, India.

Lyras, A. (February, 2017). Olympic Values, Dual Athlete Careers and Social Responsibility.  Coaching Methodologies and Applied Olympism Conference. Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports. Patiala, India.

Lyras, A. (February, 2017). Hellenic and Japanese Heritage in the Modern Olympic Restoration Movement. Invited Speech by the Modern Greek Studies Program, Department of Classics, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA.

Lyras, A. (March, 2017). Sport for Development and Peace: Partnerships with professional/corporate sport sector. International Sport for Peace and Development Conference: Forming Partnerships and Linkages in Sport for Development and Peace. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA.

Lyras, A. (March, 2017): Moderated a panel of world leading sport for development and peace scholars. Panelists: Kathy Babiak, Lyndsey Hayhurst, Jennifer McGarry, Nico Schulenkorf, Emma Sherry, John Sugden, Jon Welty Peachey. International Sport for Peace and Development Conference: Forming Partnerships and Linkages in Sport for Development and Peace. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA .

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