Eli A Wolff

Institute for Human Centered Design


Eli A. Wolff directs the Inclusive Sports Initiative at the Institute for Human Centered Design in Boston. Eli also directs the Sport and Development Project at Brown University in Providence and manages the SportsCorps program for the Fitzgerald Youth Sports Institute. From 2001 to 2010, Eli was the manager of research and advocacy at the Center for Sport in Society at Northeastern University. From 2004 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. Eli was a member of the National Team from 1995 - 2004 and competed in several Pan American Games and World Championships. Eli was the recipient of the inaugural 2001 Nike Casey Martin Award honoring people with disabilities who have made a difference in sports. In 2009, he received the Heroes Among Us recognition from the Boston Celtics. Eli is a graduate of Milton Academy and Brown University. Eli is currently pursuing his PhD in Olympic Studies through the German Sport University Cologne.