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Creating a Healthy Sports Culture: Facilitating Athletes’ Positive Relationship with Food, Body, and Exercise

January 11, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm



Creating a Healthy Sports Culture:  Facilitating Athletes’ Positive Relationship with Food, Body, and Exercise

When: Saturday, Jan 11th
Where: The Don James Center at University of Washington 
Who: coaches, athletic trainers, athletic department administrators/leaders, and anyone serving young athletes

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About the Workshop: 

Recently, Mary Cain’s brave and honest words were shared across this country to expose an unhealthy culture that Nike (and their coaching staff) perpetuated, leading Mary down a path of self-harm to uphold performance pressures. Sadly, this is not a story that’s just relevant to Nike…There is critical learning for all of us who are in the sport world- from youth sports to the elite professional level. We can be a part of the solution by “calling up” our sport cultures into practices that keep our athletes holistically healthy and thriving while competing and honoring their drive for excellence. Holistic health and performance are not mutually exclusive! Join the conversation with Opal and the UW Center for Leadership in Athletics to better understand how to be positive change agents in the world of sport.  


About the Presenters:


Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS

Opal Co-Founder and Clinical Director
Former Collegiate Runner
Kara, a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, is the co-founder and Clinical Director of Opal:Food+Body Wisdom, a higher level of care eating disorder treatment center in Seattle, WA. Rooted in her personal history as a division I cross country and track athlete, Kara has created and led the Exercise+Sport programming at Opal, ensuring that treatment is adequately addressing one’s relationship to exercise and sport as a central component of holistic care. She is a strong advocate for change in the sport culture, using her personal and professional voice and expertise to educate, inspire and train clinicians, athletes and coaches in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Kara was a 2018 recipient of the 40 under 40 Puget Sound Business Journal award for her innovative work.


Marsa Daniel, MS

Professor of Sport Performance, University of Washington | Health and Performance Coach, Marsa Daniel, LLC.
Marsa’s work focuses on connecting the biophysical components of human performance with the social and emotional elements that elevate our experiences in sport and in life. As a former collegiate rower and elite level cyclist, Marsa specializes in supporting endurance athletes, as well as in understanding and meeting the unique needs of female athletes.In her work with the University of Washington’s Center for Leadership in Athletics (CLA), Marsa hosts interviews connecting the research of the CLA with the work of experts across the fields of medicine and sport science, psychology and neuroscience, socio-cultural studies and more.She received a B.S. in Exercise Science from Western Washington University, and a M.S. in Exercise, Sport Studies, and Coaching from Smith College in Massachusetts.
Marsa is a life-long learner, athlete, and adventurer who spends every minute she can sharing time with family or exploring the mountains and rivers of the Pacific Northwest.


 Julie McCleery, Ph.D.

Director Research-Practice Partnerships – Center for Leadership in Athletics
Research Associate & Lecturer, College of Education, University of Washington
Julie serves as the principal investigator for two of the Center’s projects: Ambitious Coaching and State of Play: Seattle-King County. The Ambitious Coaching research is an exploration into the core practices of highly effective coaches. The State of Play research resulted in the publication of a landscape analysis of youth physical activity in King County which is serving as a springboard for the King County Play Equity Coalition, which Julie is spearheading. Julie also teaches Coaching Philosophy and Pedagogy in the IAL’s coaching degree program as well as Navigating the Youth Sports Ecosystem, a class that looks at the linkages between youth sports and collegiate athletics. She has over 25 years of experience as an educator, coach, and youth sports advocate. Prior to joining UW, she ran a consulting business assisting educational and non-profit clients with strategic planning, grant writing, and project management. She was on the US National Rowing Team as both an athlete and a coach. She received a B.A. from Georgetown University, an M.Ed. from Harvard, and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She enjoys hiking with her two dogs and cheering respectfully from the sidelines when she watches her three boys play soccer, lacrosse, basketball and baseball.

Parking/directions for the Don James Center: 

Address:  3800 Montlake Blvd NE, Seattle
Located on the northside of Husky Stadium, the Don James Center entrance is directly across the E-09 parking lot. Behind a large gate (that will be open day-of), there are elevators to take guests up to the Don James Center on the third floor of Husky Stadium. Attendees should park in E18. The cost to park for the day is $6.75. Map of the parking lot can be found here: https://transportation.uw.edu/park/visitor/self-serve


January 11, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Don James Center At UW
3800 Montlake Blvd NE
Seattle, WA 98105 United States
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