Olympic gold medalist and professional player to lead UCCS integrity-in-soccer discussion

Samantha Meyer, (719) 255-4990, smeyer3@uccs.edu Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, thutton@uccs.edu
Landon Donovan and Becky Sauerbrunn

COLORADO SPRINGS – A leading Major League Soccer scorer and an Olympic gold medalist are among the luminaries who will discuss “Winning with Integrity” in professional soccer during Nov. 14 panel discussions at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and in Denver.

Panelists include Landon Donovan, formerly of Major League Soccer and the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team; Becky Sauerbrunn, a U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team co-captain, Olympic gold medalist, and FIFA World Cup Champion; Richard Motzkin, noted sports agent and the executive vice president of global soccer for Wasserman Media Group; and Pádraig Smith, interim general manager and sporting director, Colorado Rapids. They will share a behind the scenes look into soccer, the world’s most popular sport, and take questions from the audience.

“The opportunity to present such a remarkable panel of leaders in the soccer industry to our students and community demonstrates the strength of our partnership with the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS and the Colorado Rapids,” Eric Olson, interim dean and director of the Sport Management Program, College of Business, said. “I am thrilled that we continue to facilitate both relevant and meaningful conversations about ethics in sport and society and remain a resource and catalyst for this important curriculum.”

The event is presented by the UCCS College of Business Sport Management Program and co-sponsored with the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS and Colorado Rapids.

The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 14 in the Kettle Creek conference room on UCCS campus. Tickets are free to UCCS students, faculty and staff. Registration is currently full with a waitlist available. For more information and to register, visit www.uccs.edu/smp.

An evening panel will begin at 6 p.m. at the Pepsi Center in Denver. There will be opportunities for autographs with the panelists before the panel begins, as well as exclusive access to a social hour event for the first 500 guests following the panel discussion. Tickets are free and open to the general public. Registration required. For more information and to register, please visit www.uccs.edu/smp.

“We are pleased to sponsor an opportunity to discuss the ethical issues of soccer with some of the sport’s most influential leaders,” Tracy Gonzalez-Padron, director, Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS, said. “It is easy to venture down a road of unethical decisions because at its core, sport competition is about winning. Bill Daniels was a strong advocate for winning with integrity, seeking athletes and owners that behaved with principles of fair play and ethics.”

About the Sponsors
The UCCS Sport Management Program is a selective degree program designed for serious students who share a passion for the business side of sports and a desire to build careers in this fast-paced industry. For more information visit www.uccs.edu/spm/.

The UCCS College of Business was established in 1965 and has more than 1,100 undergraduates and 350 MBA and distance MBA students. The College of Business and Administration awards the Bachelor of Science in Business and Bachelor of Innovation degrees. The Graduate School of Business Administration awards the Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Accounting degrees. More than 8,000 alumni of the College of Business live and work around the world. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu/business.

The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS aims to instill ethical principles into the personal and organizational decision-making process of every member of the UCCS community. This integrative learning environment will create leaders with integrity who are capable of responsible global business management and conscious of the accountability inherent in corporate governance. The initiative is funded by a grant from the Daniels Fund, Denver. For more information, visit http://www.uccs.edu/~businessethics/

Colorado Rapids Soccer Club was established in 1995 as one of Major League Soccer’s ten charter clubs. Over the past 22 seasons, the club has achieved success both on and off the field, with an MLS Cup championship in 2010 and through numerous initiatives and causes for Kroenke Sports Charities. They are based at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, a world-class facility hosting an 18,000 seat soccer-specific stadium. The Rapids are a part of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment family.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in Colorado. The University offers 46 bachelor’s degrees, 22 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls more than 12,400 students on campus annually including 3,300 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.