Royce Fellowship for Sports and Society Names Five Recipients

Royce Fellowship for Sports and Society Names Five Recipients

May 14, 2007

Providence, RI -

The Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University and the Brown University Department of Athletics is pleased to announce the inauguration of The Royce Fellowship for Sport and Society.


The Fellowship recognizes Brown University undergraduates who have a record of excellence in academics and sport, supporting these student-athletes to embark on innovative research or applied projects, exploring the intersection of sport and human rights within a particular context. 


Fellows' areas of research may include health, education, conflict resolution, public policy, disability rights, race, gender or ethnicity.  The Fellowship supports reflection and inquiry by inspiring fellows to connect their scholarly work with that of their peers and designated faculty, staff and community leaders.  Faculty and Community Advisors will work with the Fellows, including Eli Wolff, 00' Director of Research and Advocacy for the Northeastern University Center for Sport and Society


This new initiative is established through the generosity of Charles Royce, a 1961 graduate of Brown University and parent of two Brown graduates. Mr. Royce, president of Royce Funds, has served as a University trustee since 1989 and is an active member of several university committees, including director of the Sports Foundation.


This year's inductees are:


Hillary Anderson ('08)

Reducing Secondary Transmission of HIV: How to Educate and Raise Awareness Through Sport.

Hillary will work with the South African Medical Research Council in Cape Town to design and implement viable, sustainable, and locally suitable interventions to reduce secondary transmission of HIV.  Hilary will work with local sport clubs to incorporate these interventions as well as health education and promotion.


Whitney Brown ('08.5)

The Chinese Olympic Experience: Removing Stigma and Empowering Disabled Athletes Through Sport

Whitney will explore the experiences of a select group of athletes with disabilities in Hong Kong and Mainland China.  She will examine the obstacles athletes face, their experiences with discrimination and the support systems that sustain them through journalistic interviews with Olympians, coaches, and administrators.


Kirsten Harvey ('09)

Promoting Exercise in the Recovery of Kidney Transplant Recipients

Kirsten will study the effects of incorporating a fitness routine into the recovery period of kidney transplant patients to decrease health risks such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease; possibly lower the need for immunosuppressant drugs; and ultimately improve the survival rate of transplant patients.


Ben Sieff ('10)

Designing an After-School Program at Namugongo, Uganda

Ben will design an after-school program in affiliation with the Namugongo Fund for Special Children, an NGO that provides medical care, food, school fees, and guidance for children in a settlement thirty minutes north of Kampala.  This program will offer enriching athletic and creative activities as well as academic resources.


Javier Zapata ('09)

Jump-Starting Our Youth: Guaranteeing Low-Income Children the Right to Play

Javier will work with the Miami Lakes Optimist Club to develop, implement, and finance a `no-pay' flag football program for low-income children in Miami. The league will provide children with an opportunity to play and employ local youth as referees and administrators.


The inaugural class of Sport and Society Fellows was announced in a ceremony on

April 26, 2007.