Global Symposium on Sports and Society: Anti-Semitism and Sports Program



The morning sessions centered on the realities of hate and its impact on society, with a focus on anti-Semitism in sports.

9:15 a.m.Prgram Starts
Anthony Davidson Welcome: Anthony R. Davidson, dean, Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies 
Bruce Buck Opening Remarks and Video: Bruce Buck, chairman, Chelsea Football Club


9:45 a.m.Morning Keynote
Anti-Semitism Resurgent: Understanding and Countering It
Ken Jacobson

Ken Jacobson, Deputy National Director, Anti-Defamation League

What does this new reality say about the fundamental essence of anti-Semitism? And what does it tell us about how to counter it, including in and through the arena of the sports world?


10:15 a.m.Session 1
The Impact of Hate on Society
David Gibson Moderator: David Gibson, director, Fordham University’s Center on Religion and Culture; award-winning religion and society writer 
Christian Araos Christian Araos, freelance journalist; covers Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer 
Charlie Davies Charlie Davies, New England Revolution Club ambassador and former player 
Tibi Galis Tibi Galis, executive director, Auschwitz Institute 
Oren Segal Oren Segal, director, Center on Extremism, Anti-Defamation League 


11:15 a.m.Session 2
The Realities: Anti-Semitism and Sports
Spencer Ross Moderator: Spencer Ross, American sportscaster who has called play-by-play for every professional New York metropolitan area sports franchise except the Mets 
Rola Brentlin

Rola Brentlin, head of special projects, Chelsea FC, leading the club’s efforts to combat anti-Semitism. Extensive global experience as a columnist covering anti-semitism

Anthony Clavane Anthony Clavane, sports journalist and award-winning author of Promised Land, A Yorkshire Tragedy, and Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here? 
Alan Freedman
Alan Freedman, director, Jewish Sports Heritage Association
Andrei Markovits

Andrei Markovits, professor, University of Michigan; thought leader and prolific writer on sports; author of The Passport as Home: Comfort in Rootlessness


12:10 p.m.Session 3
The Realities: Anti-Semitism on the Field
Grant Wahl
Moderator: Grant Wahl, lead soccer reporter, Sports Illustrated
Joe Bednarsh
Joe Bednarsh, athletics director, Yeshiva University
Jeff Bukantz
Jeff Bukantz, president, Maccabi USA; former captain of the U.S. fencing team; Olympic fencer and referee
Gedaliah Goodman
Gedaliah Goodman, professional racehorse trainer
Erit Yellen

Erit Yellen, president and founder of Orna Drive Productions, which focuses on creating sports stories for good


The afternoon sessions featured thought leaders ranging from educators to athletes to media personalities to executives discussing how to use sports to effect change.

1 p.m.Lunch
Stephen Smith VIP Lunch: With an address by Stephen Smith, OBE, executive director, USC SHOAH Foundation and UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education


2:05 p.m.Afternoon Keynote
1936 vs. 2020—Then and Now
Ross Greenburg Ross Greenburg, former president, HBO Sports; president, Ross Greenburg Productions; winner of 54 Sports Emmy awards; intimately involved with The Fastest Kid on the Block: The Marty Glickman Story, the legendary athlete and announcer's autobiography.
Bob Ahrens Introduction by Bob Ahrens, retired WFUV executive sports producer


2:35 p.m.Session 4
The Playbook for Victory: In the Classroom and the Locker Room
Irv Smalls Moderator: Irv Smalls, executive director, FC Harlem L.I.O.N.S., a youth development and soccer program that uses the world's game as a vehicle to transform communities inside and out
Yael Averbuch Yael Averbuch, executive director, National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Players Association; former soccer player in NWSL and U.S. national team
Vince Gennaro Vince Gennaro, associate dean, NYU Tisch Institute for Global Sport; author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball and consultant to Major League Baseball teams
Boyd Melson Boyd Melson, major in the U.S. Army Reserve; three-time World Military Champion boxer, with multiple national and All-Army medals; alternate for the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team
Michael Neuman Michael Neuman, prize winner, CBS’ Million Dollar Mile; athlete and psychotherapist who uses sports to create awareness against prejudices 


3:30 p.m.Session 5
The Playbook for Victory: In the Boardroom
Howie Rumberg Moderator: Howie Rumberg, acting global sports editor, Associated Press
Bruce Buck Bruce Buck, chairman, Chelsea Football Club
Gene Doris Gene Doris, inductee, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame
Anna Isaacson Anna Isaacson, NFL’s first-ever and current senior vice president of social responsibility
Leigh Steinberg

Leigh Steinberg, CEO, Steinberg Sports & Entertainment; sports super-agent


4:25 p.m.Closing Keynote
Driving Towards Acceptance: The Role of Sports in Overcoming Hate
Image of Ron Mix, keynote speaker at the Global Symposium on Sports and Society

Ron Mix, NFL Hall of Fame offensive tackle and motivational speaker

An iconic name in and outside of the huddle, Pro Football Hall of Famer Ron Mix credits his Jewish faith as a key driver in his successful career. Drawing upon his own experiences, Mix will discuss strategies that organizations, players, and fans can implement to positively impact the future of sports and society.



Thank you to our 2019 partners and supporters

New England Revolution, Chelsea Football Club, Anti-Defamation League: Fighting Hate For Good, Associated Press, CO Communications: Marketing, Public, Relations, Design, USC Shoah Foundation: The Institute for Visual History and Education, Hillels of Westchester, Eden Wok, Maccabi USA: Building Jewish Pride Through Sports, Sports Business Institute, Red Oak Transportation, The Conversation