Katie Gannett

Katie recently graduated from Brown, where she double-concentrated in Development Studies and English and competed for 4 years on the women's soccer team.  During her sophomore year, she became introduced to the field of Sport for Development and Peace (SDP), which involves using sport to engage young populations vulnerable to such threats as HIV/AIDS, sexual abuse, and ethnic violence in educational and health programs, so that they might better respond to the daily challenges they face.  She spent the summer after her sophomore year working at a camp in Cyprus, studying the way in which sport was being employed to break down ethnic stereotypes of teenagers from the Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot communities. The following summer, she conducted her thesis research at the Football for Hope Festival in South Africa.  She is returning to South Africa for 12 months (Aug. 2011-Aug. 2012) to intern with Grassroot Soccer, a nonprofit organization at the forefront of efforts to fight HIV/AIDS using soccer.