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Apr 18

A Catalyst for the Cause: Fostering Greater Equity in Sport

Delivery Method: In Person
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Arlen Specter US Squash Center
25 N 33rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Registration Options:

Industry Professionals: $40.00
Drexel Alumni and Non-Drexel University Students : $25.00
Drexel University Students, Faculty, and Staff-FREE

Registration for this event has passed.

The Drexel Sport Business Conference will focus on mental health within the sports industry, shedding light on the often overlooked well-being of athletes of all ages and those who contribute behind the scenes. In this pivotal discussion, our conference aims to delve into the diverse range of mental health resources available for athletes, recognizing the unique challenges they face in their pursuit of excellence. Moreover, we will turn our attention to the often-neglected mental health needs of individuals working in the sport industry, acknowledging the pressures and demands that come with their roles. By fostering an open dialogue and promoting awareness, the conference strives to contribute to a healthier and more supportive sports ecosystem for everyone involved, emphasizing the importance of mental well-being alongside physical prowess in the pursuit of athletic excellence.

Conference Schedule

9 a.m. Doors open

9:30–10:15 a.m. Keynote

From Pro Athlete to Advocate: Tim Massaquoi, LPC

10:30–11:15 a.m. Session 1

An Evolution of Mental Health Resources for Sport Industry Professionals:

Sam Ward & Meghan O’Donnell, Founders of EmpowHERed

Mike Goings, Vice President, Social Responsibility & Fan Development at Philadelphia 76ers

Brittany Redman, Director, Fan Services at Philadelphia Union

11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Breakout session 2

Student-Athlete Identity:

Zach Hankle, Drexel Athletics Psychologist

Lauren Ruhl, Sport Psychology Consultant & Therapist at Greenepsych Clinical & Sport Psychology

Walt Norley, Founder & CEO of OnBalance

Special thanks to Drexel student and member of the men’s ice hockey team, Zach Sprung, for hosting the event

12:15–1:15 p.m. Lunch, networking and resource fair

Confirmed Resource Fair Organizations:

Morgan’s Message

TGJ Shine On Scholarship Fund

Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Cope Notes

Caron Treatment Centers


Abbey’s Bakery

Friends Hospital

Sponsorship Opportunities: Please click here to learn more.

Interested in supporting Drexel’s Department of Sport Business but can’t attend the conference? Click here to make a gift.


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Sarah Napoli

(215) 895-6192

Gerri C. LeBow Hall 529