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Dallas, TX, United States, 2007/02/25 - The Think Tank will be a gathering of individuals from all professional sports, NCAA programs, Olympic and amateur sports who are in positions of influence and recognize that there is a lack of leadership and ethics development taking place.
Nothing impacts culture as does the world of sports
Across the globe, few pursuits impact our culture as dramatically as the world of sports. In years past, we huddled around radios and televisions in eager anticipation, cheering our heroes who trained hard for that one instant in which history might be made. An obvious dismissal of integrity and its ethical code has resulted in a lack of trust between spectator and athlete, and has severely diminished the positive role sports play in human life. Why is it different today? There are myriad reasons, but we believe that at the root of it all, there has been a loss of leadership and ethics.
We welcome you to join us in a groundbreaking global undertaking, working to restore the role of leadership and ethics into all sports, on every level.
Why should higher stakes justify lower standards?
Massive salaries. Corporate sponsorships. Even little league pressure from Mom and Dad. One look at the day's paper and it is clear: today's sports are less about athleticism, skill and fair competition, and more about winning at all costs. Poor decisions based on severe lack of judgment run rampant throughout sports of every level.
But there is hope. Ethics and integrity still exist within some of the sports world's most revered athletes and decorated leaders. Building on their passion for true sportsmanship can reintroduce the basic human ethics code into an industry that so desperately needs it. But they can't do it alone.
Introducing the world's first and only initiative that brings together the best, brightest and most influential minds in the vast world of sports. And that also relies on an impassioned group of thoughtful, committed citizens who love sports, cherish values, act with integrity and are confident their leadership can make a difference.
Bringing ethics to the table.
Currently scheduled to be held at the Collins Center on the campus of Southern Methodist University—our nation's most sophisticated Think Tank venue—the initiative will begin with a true meeting-of-the-minds. One hundred major influencers from all areas of amateur and professional sports will convene in a 36-hour, facilitated Summit to define sports key challenges and strategize actionable solutions.
You now have the power to reintroduce sports to integrity.
This unprecedented event will challenge, motivate and inspire, through decisive brainstorming and carefully crafted social affairs; an intimate evening, Raising Champions, with nationally recognized personalities, father and son, mother and daughter ‘teams' who care deeply about the renewal of integrity, each sharing their personal journey of leadership and ethics. At this event we will also announce a new, prestigious national award, dedicated to rewarding ethics and leadership at the highest levels.
Bringing change to life
De La Porte Global (delaporte.com) is a non-profit 501c3 dedicated to the restoration of ethics and leadership in the world of sports. The Summit 's events and activities will be made possible through private and public donations, gifts and grants to De La Porte Global within the 501c3.