Sports - Global Viewpoint

Sports - Global Viewpoint

At a time when the lives of many have been dramatically disrupted and work, education, and society’s functions are in a state of constant transition, this new series from ThinkND will explore this point in history and how the work happening on Notre Dame’s campus and beyond relates to and impacts the United States and the world at large. Where We're Going: Sports - Global Viewpoint will be held on October 29, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. ET. To join the live events, register here.

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Featured Speakers:

  • Carol Callan, USA Women’s Basketball National Team director
  • Dr. Daniel Medina , Chief Medical Officer, Monumental Basketball
  • Sitapha Savané, sports commentator, Movistar+
  • Chris Stevens, Co-Founding Director, Inspired Leadership Initiative at the University of Notre Dame, and Professor at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame

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Carol Callan

As the USA Women’s National Team director, Carol Callan is responsible for all USA Basketball women’s team programs, including competitions, trials, training camps, and serves as a liaison to women’s competition committees.

A primary architect for the historic, first-time USA National Team program, Callan was responsible for team logistics, travel, and scheduling of games and training. Since its inception in 1995, the highly successful USA National Team has posted an 94-1 slate in major international competitions winning six-straight Olympic gold medals and four of five FIBA World Cups. Between 2008-2013, USA five-on-five women’s squads compiled a 96-2 record in FIBA and FIBA Americas official competitions, incredibly claiming nothing but gold during that time in each Olympic, FIBA World Championship, FIBA U17 and U19 World Championships, and FIBA Americas U16 and U18 Championships.

Callan, who in June 2019 was elected as president of FIBA Americas, is a member of several USA Basketball selection committees – the National Team Steering Committee (chair), the National Team Player Selection Committee and the Developmental National Team Committee (non–voting chair). She serves on the FIBA and FIBA Americas Women’s Commissions, the WBCA Board of Directors and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

“When principles are clear, decision-making is easy.” 

Roy Disney
Carol Callan, FIBA Americas president, presents the championship trophy to the USA team at the 2019 AmeriCup in Puerto Rico.

Dr. Dan Medina

Daniel Medina entered his first season in Washington as the Monumental Basketball team’s Chief Planning Chief of Athlete Care and Performance, having spent the 2017-2019 seasons as the vice president of athlete care for the Philadelphia 76ers. In his role, Dr.Medina oversees athletic care and performance areas, including the medical and sports science departments, nutrition and strength and conditioning departments.

Before joining the NBA, Dr. Medina spent more than a decade with Fútbol Club Barcelona. Dr. Medina finished his tenure with the team as deputy director of the sports science and medical department. He managed 2,000 athletes and more than 125 athlete care and performance staff members.

Dr. Medina served as a team physician for FC Barcelona from 2008-2015 and first joined its medical services department in 2005. He also served as a driving force behind FC Barcelona’s award-winning Barça Innovation Hub. Dr. Medina was heavily involved in Barça Innovation Hub’s evaluation and research of emerging products, particularly those designed to aid in athlete health and performance.

“It is fair to say that, in general, no problems have been exhausted; instead, men have been exhausted by the problems.”

Santiago Ramon y Cajal, “Advice for a young investigator

Learn more about Dr. Dan Medina through this podcast:

Sitapha Savané

Sitapha Savané is a sports commentator for the Spanish television network Movistar+. He retired from his professional basketball career in 2018. He was a member of the Senegal national basketball team and played his entire professional career in Spain, most of it in the ACB League.

Savané graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2000 and led the Navy’s basketball team in scoring, rebounding, blocks, field goal percentage, and steals. 

Impact Your World!

Sitapha Savané
Sitapha Savané

Read more about Sitapha Savané’s work in these articles by Spanish newspapers (in Spanish):

Chris Stevens '74 (Moderator)

Presented by Chris Stevens

Chris Stevens ’74 teaches undergrads, one-year MBAs, Executive MBAs, and in ESTEEM as part of the Management Department and oversees the Inspired Leadership Initiative as its Co-Founding Director. He is a former Fighting Irish basketball player and past member of the Notre Dame Monogram Club Board of Directors. He is one of the three original developers of the Keurig Premium Coffee System and developed the brand, sales, distribution, and marketing strategies. He was also responsible for all aspects of Keurig’s corporate social responsibility practices as part of its commitment to donate at least five percent of pre-tax profits to environmental and social causes.

In the fall of 2012, Chris joined the Mendoza College of Business as a professional specialist teaching undergraduate courses. After retiring from Keurig in 2013, he began teaching M.B.A. courses in business problem-solving, change management, and entrepreneurship at Notre Dame’s South Bend and Chicago campuses. In 2017, he joined Mendoza as a full-time faculty member.

Learn more about Stevens’ work here:

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