The University of Tennessee student-athletes will partner with campus and local community organizations for the first ever UT Sports Fest, an event to promote inclusion of persons with disabilities in sports. Creators and organizers of the event are the sixteen members of the VOLeaders Academy, a year-long leadership program for student-athletes which allows them to use their love for sport and their community influence for positive social change. VOLeaders Academy is a unique partnership with the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences own Center for Sport, Peace and Society, the Center for Leadership and Service and the UT Athletics Department.
This event will give members of the Knoxville Community the opportunity to participate in adapted sports including sitting volleyball and tandem cycling. Games, a costume contest and guest speaker Liz Baker, a visually-impaired triathlete who represented the United States at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, will also be a part of the event. During the festival, the VOLeaders will partner with students enrolled in the FUTURE Program, a two-year certificate program for students with intellectual and development disabilities as well as Club Vibes, an assistance program to allow visually-impaired young people to live independent lives. The event is also sponsored by two national partners; the U.S. Association for Blind Athletes and the Anthem Foundation.
The event will take place at the Ut Brenda Lawson Indoor Sports Complex from 2:00-5:00 P.M. on Sunday, April 30.