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Dr. Timothy Shriver Announced as New UNESCO Chairholder

The Institute of Technology Tralee appointed Dr. Timothy Shriver as UNESCO Chairholder in Inclusive Fitness, Sport & Recreation, PE. In his new, role Shriver’s globally inclusive research and advocacy is set to support the UNESCO Chair's mission to shift towards a more equitable world through physical education, sport, recreation, and fitness.

Shriver also currently chairs Special Olympics International where he has worked to create new Special Olympics programs in athlete leadership, cross-cultural research, health, education, and family support.

Shriver has testified before Congress on numerous occasions, challenging government leaders to support the Special Olympics community. His advocacy work will support the UNESCO Chair’s vision of inclusive access to physical activity at the Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport held in Kazan, Russian Federation July 13-15, 2017.

"As an industry dedicated to finding solutions to the world’s inactivity crisis, we are excited by the efforts of the UNESCO chair working toward universal access to fitness for all. We look forward to making that goal a reality.” Joe Moore, president & CEO, IHRSA


Shriver is the co-founder and chair of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, the recipient of numerous honors and degrees, as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the president of the Kennedy Jr. Foundation, Board of WPP Group, LLC, and co-founder of Lovin’ Scoopful Ice Cream Company.

He is the author of the 2014 New York Times bestseller, Fully Active: Discovering What Matters Most, as well as a contributing writer for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, and Commonwealth Magazine. Dr. Shriver is the executive producer of “The Ringer,” a Farrelly Brothers film, and “Front of the Class,” a Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie, in addition to co-producing of the DreamWorks Studios’ 1997 release, “Amistad,” and Disney Studios’ 2000 release, “The Loretta Claiborne Story.”

The social leader, author, educator, film producer, and entrepreneur says he is “honored” to have been appointed as the UNESCO Chairholder.