To foster an exchange of culture, education and sport, the University of Minnesota annually hosts a cohort of Chinese Olympic and world champion athletes and coaches as part of the China Champions Program (CCP). Led by the U’s School of Kinesiology, in collaboration with Beijing Sport University and supported by the China Scholarship Council, CCP is a unique, global collaboration that provides mutual benefits for Chinese athletes and University faculty, staff and students.

During the year, participants will attend specially designed courses in the School of Kinesiology, including academic seminars, workshops and English as a Learned Language classes. Beyond the classroom, athletes will visit Minnesota cultural sites, become acclimated with the Twin Cities area, as well as take tours of University and local professional sports team’s stadiums, arenas and training facilities.

Local business and government leaders will also meet with the athletes to give them a behind-the-scenes look into international corporations, government and the American culture. Each of the Chinese participants are continuing their education as part of a master’s level graduate program with Beijing Sport University, the top sport university in China.

CC 2016-17 CC 2016-17

Li Li Ji - Director, School of Kinesiology and Founder, China Champion Program Chair
Rayla Allison - Associate Director, School of Kinesiology Executive Director
Yishun (Sandy) Wang - Ph.D. Student, School of Kinesiology Secretary
Joan Brzezinski - Executive director of the University of Minnesota's China Center and Confucius Institute Member
Austin Calhoun - Director, eLearning & Digital Strategies, School of Kinesiology Member
Laura Coffin Koch - Director, International Initiatives and Relations, CEHD Member
Beth Goetz - Deputy Athletic Director, Intercollegiate Athletics Member
Jill Griffiths - Board member, China Center Advisory Board Member
Ed Lord - President, China Center Advisory Board Member
Joel Maturi - Former Athletic Director, Intercollegiate Athletics Member
Meredith McQuaid - Associate Vice President and Dean, Global Programs & Strategy Alliance Member

University partners with the School of Kinesiology include the University of Minnesota China Center, the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (GPS Alliance), and the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD).

Program Archives

2015-2016 China Champions

2014-2015 China Champions