Examining the Efficacy of a Government-Led Sport for Development and Peace Event

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  • 1 Temple University
  • | 2 University of Florida
  • | 3 University of Guelph
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A large body of research has examined the influence of sport for development and peace (SDP) events on community development, focusing primarily on SDP events delivered by nonprofit “change agents.” Although scholars have highlighted the need to more meaningfully incorporate local governments into SDP event management, there has been limited attention to government-led implementation. The purpose of this study was to explore a government-led SDP event through the lens of the S4D Framework to understand how the approach to implementation influenced sport event management, direct social impacts, and long-term social outcomes. Data were generated primarily through interviews with members of the event leadership team and supplemented with observations and focus groups with event participants. The findings indicate that the structural and social resources of the local government were key to activating different phases of the S4D Framework, yet also revealed unique challenges that have important implications for SDP event management.

Jones, Taylor, Lopez, and Pizzo are with the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Wegner is with the Department of Sport Management, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA. Kennedy is with the University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada.

Jones (gareth.jones@temple.edu) is a corresponding author.
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