The College of Applied Human Sciences, in partnership with the West Virginia University Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, will celebrate the spirit of sport, friendship and inclusiveness by hosting the 6th Annual Diversity Cup Four vs. Four Coed Soccer Tournament. For more information, to register and view tournament rules visit the College of Applied Human Sciences Diversity Cup webpage.
The tournament, commemorating Diversity Week 2022, is scheduled on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 on the turf fields located between the College of Applied Human Sciences building and the Student Recreation Center on the Evansdale Campus.
Registration is $80 per teams and open to all WVU undergraduate, graduate and Health Sciences students enrolled during the fall semester and is limited to 20 teams. Registered team members will receive free t-shirts. Funds generated through team registration fees will support the creation of a new CAHS School of Sport Sciences academic scholarship.
“The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is excited to partner with the College of Applied Human Sciences to celebrate the spirit of sport, friendship and inclusiveness through the 6th Annual Diversity Cup Coed Soccer Tournament,” Meshea Poore, vice president for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, said.
Poore says the observance of friendship and inclusiveness ties in a quote from Nelson Mandela: “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.” She invites the campus community to participate in the event to celebrate one another.
“We have a diversified campus and strategically need to bring our diverse uniqueness together to celebrate the spirit of sport, friendship and inclusiveness. In addition, the Diversity Cup aligns with the program efforts of the University’s Diversity Week,” said Patrick Hairston, sport management teaching assistant professor, School of Sport Sciences.
Olivia Gillispie, sport, exercise and performance psychology doctoral graduate research assistant says that participating in the competition was a positive experience. “It was nice to step outside of academics for a while with some friends in the program and be part of an event with an important cause. My team and I had a blast,” Gillispie said.
The Diversity Cup became a signature event for the then College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences to help promote diversity, equity and inclusion on campus through sports. The original organizer was Gonzalo Bravo, sport management professor.
For more information, to register and view tournament rules, visit the College of Applied Human Sciences Diversity Cup webpage.