Student-Athletes, Alumni Lead the Way at the 2021 MIT Sports Summit

Collage of photos of Ivan Jutamulia, Jess Sonner, Brian Bilello and David Hesslink

Cambridge, Mass. (April 22) -- The 2021 MIT Sports Summit was held recently and featured alumni, faculty, staff and a number of leaders across the sports industry. Another group that played a key role in this year's event were a group of MIT current and former student-athletes across many sports, including project leads Ivan Jutamulia '20 (men's soccer) and Jess Sonner '22 (women's soccer).

"Our student-athletes did an incredible job using the constraints of the virtual environment to spur new ways to think about how to connect and engage with the audience and speakers online," said Christina Chase, managing director of the MIT Sports Lab. "Ivan and Jess, our co-leads, did a masterful job leading a team of 25 students from across the Institute in putting on this event. The entire team embodied the power of MIT's creative and collaborative environment. The incredible success of the event is a testament to all of the hard work they put in and I'm so proud of their achievement. It was also inspiring to have our accomplished alums in sports be a part of the Summit and share their experiences with the community."

The MIT Sports Summit is the annual flagship event of the MIT Sports Lab and is designed to bring together leaders in industry and academia, as well as the greater MIT community to share advances in the field of sports and new work coming out of the MIT labs. This year's program underlined an inflection point in the trajectory of sports, from the adoption of new technologies to the increasing influence of data, illuminating both how the industry is adapting to a changing world and what it takes to evolve.

This year's event was held virtually over a two-day span and featured a full schedule of industry panels, research talks, private roundtable discussions and MIT Alumni talks. There was also a MIT Sports Tech Startup Showcase and Student Research Poster Sessions, which were hosted on Gather.town.

"Hosting the Summit virtually this year brought a host of new challenges and our students and alums stepped up in a big way," said Anette "Peko" Hosoi, associate dean of the MIT School of Engineering. "The student organizing team did a terrific job figuring out how to pull the community together, and the alum engagement was fantastic, including a new MIT Sports Lab Alum Panel, which we hope to continue next year. Both groups went above and beyond - I couldn't be more proud of and grateful to all of our athletes who made this event a tremendous success."

Full List of Student-Athletes
Ivan Jutamulia '20 (Men's Soccer) - Co-Lead
Jess Sonner '22 (Women's Soccer) - Co-Lead
Reese Alley (Women's Soccer)
Christina Antonakakis (Women's Basketball)
Brian Bailey (Football)
Jonathan Berger (Football)
Kaleb Blake (Men's Soccer)
Spencer Hylen (Football)
Joey Licht (Football)
Kevin Lyons (Football)
Henry Martin (Squash)
Grant Miller (Men's Basketball)
Ceci Munoz (Women's Soccer)
Emma Rutherford (Women's Soccer
Jay Theriault (Football/Men's Lacrosse)
Justin Xiang (Water Polo)

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