On September 30, the Institute for International Education honored El Pomar Foundation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer William J. Hybl at the organization’s 10th Annual Diplomats Ball. Hybl was honored with the IIE’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement in Citizen Diplomacy Award for his work as with the United States Olympic Committee. Hybl served as president of the USOC during four Olympic Games and currently serves as president emeritus.
The evening also marked the 40th anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy. Guests were asked to wear sneakers along with their evening attire or national dress in order to honor the power of sport in international diplomacy. In keeping with the table tennis theme, attendees were invited to pick up a paddle and swat balls on one of the ping pong tables set up on the mezzanine of the University of Denver’s Magness Arena. The evening also included a brief demonstration match between table tennis champs Marilyn Feinstein and Emad Hussain who amazed guests with their mastery of the sport’s various advanced moves.
Founded in 1919, the Institute for International Education is a nonprofit dedicated to the international exchange of people and ideas. Through programs such as the Fulbright Program and Gilman scholarships, the IIE offers international learning opportunities for students, educators, and professionals alike.