Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.
The social innovator behind this idea is Daniel E. Doyle, Jr., the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for International Sport and the President and Chief Executive Officer of the World Youth Peace Summit.
Mr. Doyle graduated from Bates College where he was co-captain of the men’s varsity basketball team. Mr. Doyle also served as a Trustee at Bates College. He is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. Mr. Doyle holds two honorary doctorates for his work in sports education.
Mr. Doyle was a highly successful men’s basketball coach, winning more than 75%76% of the games he coached. In his final season at Trinity College, he was named New England College Coach of the Year. The Sporting News named him as one of the most influential people in American sport. Mr. Doyle has lectured at over 100 colleges and universities on behalf of the NCAA Foundation.
Mr. Doyle is the author of the acclaimed novel "Are You Watching, Adolph Rupp?" The novel was favorably reviewed in over 50 publications, including famed author James Michener. Mr. Doyle also wrote "The Encyclopedia of Sports Parenting", which was placed into nomination for a Pulitzer Prize by a distinguished group of educators, authors and physicians. The "Encyclopedia of Sports Parenting" has already won two major book awards. Mr. Doyle is a regular guest on ESPN’s Outside The Lines program, as well as other programs on CNN, Fox News, ABC and WFAN.
Mr. Doyle founded the Institute for International Sport in 1986 at the University of Rhode Island. The Institute is now considered by many to be the foremost sports education initiative in the world. Among the programs Mr. Doyle conceived at the Institute are National Sportsmanship Day, the World Scholar-Athlete Games, the US Scholar-Athlete Games, and the RI Scholar-Athlete Games.
Mr. Doyle and the Institute’s most ambitious program, the 2011 World Youth Peace Summit, will be held in Connecticut in the summer of 2011, with the University of Connecticut serving as the host institution. This Summit will bring together as many as 15,000 Scholar-Athlete Games graduates in a compelling program that will result in thousands of peace initiatives being implemented throughout the world.
Dr. Richard Lapchick, one our nation’s leading sports educators, has remarked, “Dan Doyle continues to do the most amazing work I know of in the world of sport. The sheer magnitude and depth of the programs Dan has put out and the writings he has produced have made a greater contribution to the world of sport than anybody I can think of.” General Colin Powell recently made the statement: “Dan Doyle and his team are on an historic mission toward world peace.”
Mr. Doyle has received numerous awards, including induction into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame and being awarded the prestigious Terence Cardinal Cooke Humanitarian Award in June 2009. Mr. Doyle lives in West Hartford, Connecticut, with his wife, Katherine. Mr. and Mrs. Doyle are the parents of six children, Daniel III, Matthew, Andrew, Margaret, Caroline and Julie.