UD’s ICECP wins UPCEA national award

Photos courtesy of German Medina and Matthew Robinson, artwork by Cindy Dolan

Since the inception of the International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Program (ICECP) in 2008, numerous alumni of this University of Delaware partnership with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and Olympic Solidarity have made a name for themselves around the world.

At the last two Olympic Games alone, five of the trainers were ICECP products. German Medina, whose athletes won silver and bronze medals in BMX cycling for Colombia at the Tokyo Games, was joined at the Summer Olympics by three other program alumni, including rowing coach Gibreel Elamin of Sudan, fencing coach Eyyad Maghayreh of Jordan and track and field Field coach Nigatu Worku Angasu from Ethiopia. A few months later, another ICECP graduate, ski coach Milos Tomic from Serbia, led the participants at the Beijing Games.

With courses taught by experts from the University of Delaware and Team USA’s Sport Performance Group, as well as guest lectures from leading international sports professionals in their respective fields, the ICECP has hosted 363 coaches from 116 countries and 33 sports. The intended outcome for ICECP participants is to serve as coaches in their respective sports, laying the groundwork for future coaches and athletes while spreading the Olympic spirit in their home countries. Graduates have taken it forward, influencing over 8,000 coaches and 200,000 athletes.

In addition to coaching athletes on the world stage at the Olympics, ICECP graduates have achieved notable achievements in a variety of ways, such as promoting women’s empowerment through boxing in Trinidad and Tobago, introducing wrestling to elementary schools in Austria, and developing a grassroots program to attract women to athletics in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

As COVID-19 banned in-person learning, a virtual ICECP program was launched in 2021, allowing the program to continue and reach more coaches. In recognition of the program’s many accomplishments and impact on the world, ICECP was awarded the 2022 University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) International Program of Excellence Award, which recognizes a program that engages in activities that encourage exchange Knowledge and ideas of global importance.

“We are honored to receive this award from UPCEA,” said Matthew Robinson, ICECP co-director, professor of sports management at Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and associate director of UD’s Community Engagement Initiative. “By adopting online technology, we have enhanced ICECP by strengthening our connection with participants and reducing the residency requirement for the program. We were prepared for COVID and are well prepared to now offer a full virtual program alongside the hybrid program. The full virtual program allows us to provide more access to the ICECP’s amazing content and speakers.”

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