KHPR chair expanding global impact through leadership and research activities

John Nauright, chair and professor of the UNT Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, has been appointed as inaugural vice president of the World Leisure Sports Association. He will also be the keynote speaker at the organization’s inaugural meetings and conference in Macao in March 2017.

The World Leisure Sports Association is a non-governmental international association established to spread the cultures of leisure sports and to build the leisure sports industry by strengthening international leisure cooperation, which promotes development of leisure sports and the sports tourism industry around the world. An international group of scholars and academic officials from the United States, China, United Kingdom, France, South Korea and beyond have been invited to lead the organization in its research on, and promotion of, leisure sports tourism activities around the world.

The appointment is just one of Nauright’s many international partnerships and speaking engagements.

He was recently named to the Scientific Committee for the World Conference on Science and Football, coming up this spring in Rennes, France. He will also be a featured speaker at the World Ice Hockey Forum in Moscow December 15-17, an event co-hosted by the International Ice Hockey Federation and the Russian Ice Hockey Federation. His talk will examine the growth of ice hockey in new environments with a focus on the Dallas Stars and the growth of hockey in Texas.

Nauright has also been named to the editorial board of the International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics and is in the process of producing a new academic journal, SportsWorld: The Journal of Global Sport. It will launch as a special issue of Sport in Society then as a stand-alone journal in 2017 and will be published by Taylor and Francis, the leading academic publisher globally, and co-edited by Nauright and new KHPR faculty member Steven W. Pope. The journal will be housed at UNT with a world-class global editorial board, Nauright said. 

He has also been named a collaborating research fellow of the Center for Responsible Travel in Washington, D.C., with whom he recently published a study on the impact of climate change on golf tourism in the Caribbean. 

Finally, Nauright has been invited to deliver a keynote address on “Sport and Fitness in the 21st Century City” at the third International Conference on Sports Medicine and Fitness to be held in Barcelona in May 2017.