Cambridge, Mass. (August 9) -- MIT Director of Athletics and Department Head Julie Soriero has been selected to participate as one the Keynote Speakers at the Fifth China-U.S. Sports Forum, that will be held at the Beijing International Hotel from August 10-11 in Beijing, China. The event is hosted by the General Administration of Sport in China and is organized by the Beijing SPORiT Sports and Culture Exchange, Co., Ltd.
"I am honored to represent MIT, NCAA Division III, the NEWMAC and college athletics as a whole in the United States at this year's China-U.S. Sports Forum," said Soriero. "It's a unique opportunity to be able to participate in an international conference such as this, particularly in China where MIT has been well represented with a number of visits abroad recently."
In her address at the opening ceremony, Soriero will discuss "The Role of Sports and Education in Today's Market." The forum will have 1,500 attendees, while the opening ceremony will be open to 300 invited guests. Under the theme "Look into the Future", this year's Forum will focus on league development, future of sports IP, and the continued development of youth sport. The Forum will feature keynote speeches and panel discussions involving industry leaders and experts, as well as exhibitions from sports service and technology providers.
During the 2017-18 academic year, Jamie Drahos, the MIT Manager of Club Sports, Intramurals, and Sport Camps, also traveled to China to participate in a Dragon Boat Festival that took place in March as the MIT boat finished seventh out of 15 finishers during the trip.
Soriero enters her 12th year as the Director of Athletics and Department Head at MIT in 2018-19 as the Engineers are coming off one of the most successful seasons in school history. The co-ed sailing team captured the ICSA National Championship, while MIT finished second in the Learfield Directors Cup final standings as the Engineers captured 14 NEWMAC Championships and won both the men's and women's NEWMAC Presidents Cups. The department excelled in the classroom as well with the MIT student-athletes earning 24 Google Cloud Academic All-American honors.