The International Sporting Club of St. Paul

by Taqee Khaled | Apr 03, 2013
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Summary:

Sports and education are the two most unifying factors across culture and belief. Every community enjoys athletics and all people value education and the opportunity it affords. The International Sporting Club (ISC) of St. Paul will be a landmark innovation in the intentional creation of pan-ethnic excellence in sports and education.

The future-state social reality of St. Paul is inevitably multiethnic and highly intercultural. To deny this would be a systematic mistake. For this MNIO challenge to live up to the concept of a St. Paul legacy that continues ‘forever,’ the winning idea *must necessarily* have the ability to engage all people, regardless of ‘race, color, or creed,’ in a manner whose impact will go on for generations.

My idea for the $1m award is to create a center for sports and education that can broadly (through participation and representation) appeal to the multiplicity of interests in sports, as well as the common interest in education that St. Paul’s communities possess. While all sports would eventually be welcome, ISC St. Paul would pilot with soccer - the world's sport.

The key piece of innovation here would be to a.) link superior sports performance and educational excellence, and b.) to leverage community assets in sports and education to build a holistic philosophy of integrated excellence and life skills. These community assets include retired coaches and teachers, parents and community leaders.

Imagine, if you will, a place where an East African soccer talent can step off her practice field and learn math from a Central American middle school teacher in the same facility. That is just one example. These are assets we have already; by connecting them thusly, these interactions will turn into relationships that will change the face of St. Paul. Forever.

There is no question that sports is a draw and education is a benefit. Linking them intelligently and with visionary intention will lead to years of change and goodwill.

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The International Sporting Club of St. Paul

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

Sports and education are the two most unifying factors across culture and belief. Every community enjoys athletics and all people value education and the opportunity it affords. The International Sporting Club (ISC) of St. Paul will be a landmark innovation in the intentional creation of pan-ethnic excellence in sports and education.
The future-state social reality of St. Paul is inevitably multiethnic and highly intercultural. To deny this would be a systematic mistake. For this MNIO challenge to live up to the concept of a St. Paul legacy that continues ‘forever,’ the winning idea *must necessarily* have the ability to engage all people, regardless of ‘race, color, or creed,’ in a manner whose impact will go on for generations.
My idea for the $1m award is to create a center for sports and education that can broadly (through participation and representation) appeal to the multiplicity of interests in sports, as well as the common interest in education that St. Paul’s communities possess. While all sports would eventually be welcome, ISC St. Paul would pilot with soccer - the world's sport.
The key piece of innovation here would be to a.) link superior sports performance and educational excellence, and b.) to leverage community assets in sports and education to build a holistic philosophy of integrated excellence and life skills. These community assets include retired coaches and teachers, parents and community leaders.
Imagine, if you will, a place where an East African soccer talent can step off her practice field and learn math from a Central American middle school teacher in the same facility. That is just one example. These are assets we have already; by connecting them thusly, these interactions will turn into relationships that will change the face of St. Paul. Forever.
There is no question that sports is a draw and education is a benefit. Linking them intelligently and with visionary intention will lead to years of change and goodwill.

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

As noted, initially, the key aspect of this idea that is unique is the participatory integration of multi-ethnic community assets to create a successful sporting and educational model. The International Sporting Club of St. Paul would be wholly built by and for the communities it represents. Current or former coaches can coach; current and former teachers can teach. With both recreational and elite sports options, some youth may have fun and gain excellence in education, while others can hone the finest athletic prowess and pair it with elite learning. The beauty is that there will be no community who would not clamor to provide representation in this model of performance and excellence.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

This is an idea which will be talked about as a social innovation that changed St. Paul's inclusivity, community loyalty and longevity for years to come.

More than anything, what St. Paul needs is to engender longing and heritage in the hearts of an ever-changing community. As a lifelong Minnesotan, I know people are trying to do this in pockets, but we need a symbolic and realistic decision that invests tangibly through social innovation in building bridges between people.

Through smart use of media, highlighting stories and successes, we will create a new heritage of successful community: a partnership between cultures and communities that will filter out into small businesses, schools, and elected officials.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

People will recognize and remember this because of the novelty and impact. There is one other entity I know of that has tried to link sports and education - and it has failed to make a splash and most certainly has not capitalized on the correct sporting vehicle.

ISC St. Paul while inclusive of all sports, would drive forward with soccer as the primary vehicle that it links to education. This will inevitably draw in the most multiethnic participation that a major city may yet have seen in this country. Everyone will want to do something like this.

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