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Thursday, March 16 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Praying and Playing: The Role of Sports in Religion

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Religion and sports are cultural touchstones and they often mix on and off the field occasionally stirring controversy. Should athletes be allowed to pray on the field? What do we make of controversies surrounding athletes being permitted to wear hijabs, turbans or yarmulkes in a sporting field or arena? This panel will examine some of the most debated issues and questions around religion and sports, and how journalists cover them.

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Holly Meyer

News Editor, Associated Press, Global Religion Team
Holly Meyer is the global religion news editor for The Associated Press. She is an award-winning journalist with more than a decade of experience working at U.S. newspapers and the wire service. She is a big fan of finding stories at the intersection of religion and sports. She is... Read More →

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Zainab Chaudry

Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Maryland chapter
Zainab Chaudry is director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Maryland chapter. She is the first known Muslim to be appointed to the Maryland State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights - an independent, bipartisan agency established by Congress in 1957... Read More →
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Jolee Paden

Director, DC Area, Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Jolee Paden is the director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes based in Washington D.C. She grew up in East Central Illinois and then attended Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA), where she ran cross country and track. During her time there, she published a devotional... Read More →
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Simran Jeet Singh

Executive Director, Religion & Society Program, Aspen Institute
Simran Jeet Singh, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Religion & Society Program at the Aspen Institute and the author of the national bestseller The Light We Give: How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life (Riverhead, Penguin Random House).Simran's thought leadership on bias, empathy, and justice extends across corporate, university, and government settings. He is an Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity with Columbia University and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, a Soros Equality Fellow... Read More →
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Kelsey Dallas

Managing Editor for Religion, Sports and Trending News, Deseret News
Kelsey Dallas is the assistant managing editor for religion, sports and trending news at the Deseret News in Salt Lake City. She holds a master's degree in religion from Yale Divinity School. Kelsey has worked on a number of sports and religion projects in recent months, including... Read More →

Thursday March 16, 2023 3:45pm - 4:45pm EDT
Bethesdan B&C