This blog consists of my reflections from 2009 and onwards in the field of sport for development and peace. It may not be representative of all the stakeholders in this emerging discipline. Some of the earlier post dates were altered after reloading of the blog but the chronology of posts were preserved.
Tariq was a Founding Member and Secretary of Khelshala, a charitable organization in India that combines squash, academics, mentoring, travel, college support and career readiness. Khelshala is an international affiliate of the Squash and Education Alliance which launches and leads youth programs in the United States and around the world.
He gave a presentation on Khelshala at the 2011 Next Step Conference: Promoting Global Partnerships in Sport for Development in Trinidad and Tobago. In the United States he was the Director of Kidsquash, a nonprofit, inclusive, community squash program implemented at Harvard University and endorsed by US Squash and Massachusetts Squash, that encourages wellbeing through sport. The program served over 100 children between the ages of 8 to 17 from more than 20 towns as well as 25 public and independent schools in the Greater Boston area. Tariq has also served in various capacities with the New England Interscholastic Squash Association, the College Squash Association and the World Squash Federation. In 2012, he gave a presentation on his work with Kidsquash at the International Workshop on Physical Activity and Quality of Life at Cubamotricidad in Cuba.
Earlier career experiences were at Reebok’s Human Rights Programs, United Nations Volunteers, the Center for International Development at Harvard University and the Aga Khan Foundation USA. He earned his Masters in Education with a specialization in coaching at Boston University in 2010 and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1999. He was named the 2011 “Developmental Coach of the Year for Squash” by the United States Olympic Committee. In 2012, He gained the “Double Goal Coach Certification” from the Positive Coaching Alliance. In 2018, he earned two certifications – BabsonX certification “From Corporate Social Responsibility to Corporate Social Innovation,” and IIMBx certification “Crafting Realities: Work, Happiness and Meaning.” In, 2019, he attained the certification “Wellness and Resilience for Frontline Workers and Managers,” by the Humanitarian Leadership Academy.
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