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Thursday, August 21, 2014

CNN Dialogues Presents

Athletes and Social Responsibility: Expectations of the 21st Century


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Tickets are $25
Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.) Location: Center for Civil and Human Rights
Location: 100 Ivan Allen Boulevard Atlanta, GA
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Athletes and Social Responsibility: Expectations of the 21st Century

More than other public figures, professional athletes evoke a distinct passion in their fans. We share their joy when they win, and endure their pain when they lose. Our investments are substantial – both emotionally and financially. But, just because we admire our sports heroes for their athletic feats, does this mean that they are obligated to serve as our role models? Should athletes, coaches, and owners be expected to be philanthropists or to act as arbiters of racial divides and cultural clashes?

The event is moderated by:

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Gregory Anthony, former NBA player, current CNN political commentator and analyst for CBS Sports and Turner Sports.

Featured panelists include:

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Jason Collins, NBA player for the Brooklyn Nets. Collins is the first publicly gay athlete to play in any of the four major American professional sports leagues.
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Shannon Miller, former gymnast and U.S. Olympic gold medalist, who helped lead the “Magnificent Seven” to the U.S. women’s first team gold at the 1996 games in Atlanta.
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Pellom McDaniels, former NFL player and current Faculty Curator of African American Collections and Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Emory University.
Natalie Coughlin, three-time Olympian. Coughlin competed in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympics, earning 12 Olympic Games medals.

Panelists and moderator are subject to change

Proceeds will benefit The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc.

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