While attending the 3rd International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development in New York as a guest of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich recognized sport businessman Dr. Harvey Schiller, who earned the school’s 2011 Honorary Doctorate.
Schiller, who was recently inducted into the New York Athletic Hall of Fame, was presented with the Order of the Eagle Exemplar with Rosette in an informal presentation. He earned the Honorary Doctorate for distinguishing himself as an Olympic leader and sport entrepreneur during his more than 30-year career in sports.
Schiller, a retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general, has enjoyed an interesting career that includes serving as the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) executive director, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) commissioner, vice president of sports programming for Turner Broadcasting System, chairman and CEO of YankeeNets, International Baseball Federation president and even as a World Championship Wrestling (WCW) executive.
During his trip to the IOC and United Nations (UN) meeting held June 5-6, Dr. Rosandich also met with other key individuals in New York, such as Peter Tichansky, an Academy Board of Trustees member and the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) president, and Dr. Tomas Sithole, the Director of International Relations for the IOC, who is working with the Academy on Olympic education programs.
Many of the world’s sports leaders attended the 3rd International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development, which featured UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and IOC President Jacques Rogge. Ban earned the IOC’s Olympic Order in recognition of his strong personal commitment to use sport as a tool for social change, a concept brought to life through various joint IOC-UN projects at the community level.
Work also was initiated on a permanent sports exhibition in the UN building during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The exhibition will enable visitors from all over the world to better understand the role of sport in human development and the promotion of peace.
By using sport as a tool, the IOC and its partners implement various activities across the globe in fields such as humanitarian assistance, peace-building, education, gender equality, the environment and the fight against HIV/AIDS, which help to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals.