The SMU law graduate who broke the Lance Armstrong doping case returns to the Hilltop to discuss the pressures athletes face and the importance of integrity in sports.
U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart will speak on “Playing Fair and Winning: An Inside View on Ethics, Values and Integrity” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27 in McFarlin Auditorium.
The event is sponsored by the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility as part of this year’s Delta Gamma Lecture in Values and Ethics.
“In today’s win-at-all-cost culture, it is critical that the next generation of leaders, whether athletes or not, hear firsthand that competing fairly with integrity is the only way to truly win,” says Tygart, a Jacksonville, Florida native who earned his J.D. from SMU’s Dedman School of Law in 1999, graduating Order of the Coif.
“It is a thrill to be able to return to SMU and hopefully provide timely, interesting and important insights for students. I want to support them in doing the right thing for the right reasons, even when that’s tough to do.”
Tygart is one of this year’s TIME Magazine “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and also has been named one of Sports Illustrated’s “50 Most Powerful People in Sports.” He has served as an advocate for the integrity of sport and clean athletes, testifying before a number of U.S. Congressional committees, including the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport, the need for hGH testing in all sports, regulation of the supplement industry and ratification of the UNESCO international treaty against doping in sport.
During class hours on Tuesday, Tygart will discuss “Legal and Ethical Lessons Learned Through USADA’s Pro Cycling Investigation” in a special lecture with Dedman School of Law students.
The evening event is free and open to the public. Guests must RSVP online or by calling 214-768-4255.