ISI Team

Eli A. Wolff directs the Inclusive Sports Initiative at the Institute for Human Centered Design. From 2003 to 2006, Eli led a global effort to include provisions addressing sport and recreation within the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Eli helped to establish the ESPY Award for Best Male and Female Athlete with a Disability. Eli organized the national disability sport organizations to support professional golfer Casey Martin in his successful case against the PGA before the U.S. Supreme Court. Eli was a member of the United States Paralympic Soccer Team in the 1996 and 2004 Paralympic Games.

Ted Fay is a Professor and former Chair of the Sport Management Department at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a M.P.A. in Public Affairs from the University of Oregon, a B.A. in Government from St. Lawrence University (NY). He has focused much of his scholarly work in the areas of social and public policy, sport governance, leadership, sport for development and strategic management. Particular foci in his research, advocacy and activism have been placed on diversity and social justice issues involving a sport context with a particular emphasis on individuals with disabilities. Fay has presented over 60 scholarly papers at a variety of international and national academic and professional conferences and has authored or co-authored over 30 book chapters, academic articles and monographs.

Mary A. Hums holds a Ph.D. in Sport Management from Ohio State University, an M.A. in Athletic Administration as well as an M.B.A from the University of Iowa, and a B.B.A. in Management from the  University of Notre Dame. In 2006, she was selected by the United States Olympic Committee to represent the United States at the International Olympic Academy Educators Session in Olympia, Greece. She worked as a volunteer for the 1996 Summer Paralympic Games in Atlanta, 2002 Winter Paralympic Games in Salt Lake City, and 2010 Winter Paralympic Games in Vancouver. In 2004, she lived in Athens, Greece, working both the Olympic (Softball) and Paralympic (Goalball) Games. Hums currently serves as the Managing Editor for the Sport Management Education Journal and was co-editor of the ICSSPE Bulletin Special Issue on Sport and Human Rights. She has made over 150 presentations to various scholarly associations both in the United States and abroad. Her main research interest is policy development in sport organizations, especially in regards to inclusion of people with disabilities and also sport and human rights. Hums was a co-contributor to Article 30.5 of the 2006 United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

David Legg completed his Bachelor of Physical Education at McMaster University and his Masters of Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor. He went on to complete his Doctorate at the University of Alberta  As a volunteer, David served as President for the Canadian Paralympic Committee, board member for the 2015 Pan Parapan American Games in Toronto, and a program coordinator / faculty member for the Erasmus Mundus Masters in Adapted Physical Activity based on KU Leuven in Belgium. David is currently on the leadership for t Canadian Sport for Life and helped write the No Accidental Champions - Long Term Athlete Development Model for Paralympic sport.  Recent projects have included a long term study assessing the efficacy of various physical modalities for children with Cerebral Palsy. A second study completed in 2006, with a second edition initiated in 2011, is titled SPLISS (Sport Policies Leading to International Sporting Success). This is a study funded by Sport Canada and includes researchers from the U.K., Netherlands, Belgium, and 10 other nations.

Anita M. Moorman is a Professor of Sport Administration at the University of Louisville. She teaches Sport Law and Legal Aspects of Sport. She joined the faculty at the University of Louisville in 1996. Professor Moorman has a law degree from Southern Methodist University and also holds an M.S. in Sport Management from the University of Oklahoma, and a B.S. in Political Science from Oklahoma State University.  Professor Moorman is licensed to practice law in the State of Oklahoma. She was also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 2000 when she served a co-counsel for nine disability sport organizations and prepared an amicus curiae brief in the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act case involving the disabled professional golfer, Casey Martin and the PGA Tour (Martin v. PGA Tour, Inc.).

Mike Cottingham is an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi. His research focuses on disability sport marketing, perceptions of athletes with disabilities and organizational behavior of disability sport programs. Dr. Cottingham has been published in Sport Management Review, Sport Marketing Quarterly, and the Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorships, among others. In addition to Dr. Cottingham’s research, he instructs courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in sport marketing, public relations and media, and sport law. Finally, Dr. Cottingham is also the director of Adaptive Athletics at the University of Houston. Adaptive athletics provides opportunities for sport participation and competition for people with mobility impairments. Furthermore, Adaptive Athletics at UH hosts international wheelchair rugby camps and tournaments. Dr. Mike Cottingham is an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi. His research focuses on disability sport marketing, perceptions of athletes with disabilities and organizational behavior of disability sport programs. More on Adaptive Athletics can be found at

Anjali J. Forber-Pratt is Assistant Research Professor at the Beach Center on Disability and Kansas University Center for Developmental Disabilities at the University of Kansas. She is currently assisting with a study to develop a measure of self-determination for students with and without disabilities. Dr. Forber-Pratt has a strong background in qualitative methodology and her research focuses on individuals who struggle to succeed due, in part, to some difference that has labeled them outside the mainstream. Those differences include, and are not limited to, disability, race, gender, and sexual orientation. Her work cuts across education (elementary, secondary, postsecondary), sports, work, and quality of life contexts. Outside of the academy, Dr. Forber-Pratt was also a member of Team USA at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games.  As a Paralympic medalist in the sport of wheelchair racing, she has dedicated her life to helping others recognize their potential. Globally, she is involved with disability advocacy efforts related to access to education, employment and sport through public speaking and media appearances. She has been actively involved to help create inclusive sport opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Bermuda, India and Ghana. The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) has also recognized her leadership abilities by awarding her the prestigious 2013 Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award, given to emerging leaders within the national disability community. 

Joshua R. Pate is an assistant professor at James Madison University in sport and recreation management. His research is in disability sport with an emphasis on the experiences of individuals. Pate also conducts research in communications and media coverage of Paralympic sport. Pate has published research in the areas of Paralympic sport, disability sport, accessibility, and intercollegiate athletics. He has delivered more than 35 presentations at scholarly conferences in the United States and internationally. Pate teaches classes in sport communication, facilities, management, research, sociology and psychology. Pate co-directed an experiential learning trip for students to volunteer at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, and co-directed James Madison University’s inaugural Adapted Sports Day. He will be a volunteer at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi. Pate has written for Ability Magazine since 2004, covering topics such as the Paralympic Movement, sport for Wounded Warriors, adapted sport, and accessible travel. His journalism work in accessible travel has taken him to Jamaica to explore accessible villas on the island’s city of Montego Bay, examining how wheelchair users could access villas. He also has written a first-person account of learning to sit-ski at a camp for people with disabilities in Aspen, CO. Pate maintains a blog entitled Inclusive Athletics ( that documents disability in the world of sport. Pate received his Ph.D. in sport studies from the University of Tennessee. He also received his M.S. in communications from the University of Tennessee and his B.S. in sport management from the University of Tennessee.