The Olympism and Development Center at Brown University reflects a commitment to furthering an understanding and awareness of the intersection between Olympism, development, peace and human rights. The Olympism and Development Center is a program engages in research, education and training to bring critical thinking, engaged dialogue and scholarship to the study and teaching of Olympism and social change.
A philosophy of life, Olympism uses sport to encourage holistic human development and to create a peaceful society that values human dignity. According to the first principle of Olympic Charter, "Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example, and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles." The fourth principle of the Olympic Charter affirms, "The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity, and fair play."
Eli A. Wolff
Olympism and Development Center