Established in 2015, the Alliance of Social Workers in Sports raises awareness of the ways in which social work practice can partner with and contribute to all levels and all segments of sports. ASWIS promotes a social worker in sports perspective that is grounded in social and economic justice, strength-based approaches, and person-in-environment frameworks. ASWIS encourages the full range of social work practice in sports, from case management and clinical services through advocacy and policy practice for every level and segment of sports.
ASWIS finalized its incorporation in June 2016 and become an official 501(c)(3) in March of 2017.
EIN Number: 81-3890412
Who Are We?
The Alliance of Social Workers in Sports (ASWIS) is a collective voice for social workers to advocate and educate administrators and organizations about the breadth and depth social workers can uniquely bring to athletes and athletic culture. We provide a base for networking, educating, seeking consultation, and collaborating with this subspecialized group of professionals.
ASWIS provides an opportunity for social workers to develop a professional network of colleagues who can create a national (and international) movement to promote the safety and well-being of athletes of all ages and abilities. We advocate for athlete rights, promote safety standards, and ensure that all athletes receive the recognition and help they need to shine light on the positives of athletic competition.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"It is invigorating and affirming to be with a team of practitioners and scholars that are passionate about defining and professionalizing a new segment of social work practice. I look forward each fall to attending the ASWIS conference to be with fellow team members who challenge each other to get off the bench and into the game. Athletes deserve tailored social work interventions and the conference helps to motivate me to contribute to the literature base of this new practice area."
— Dr. Diana Rowan, MSW Program Director and Associate Professor
University of North Carolina - Charlotte
What our members have to say...
Dr. Jerry Reynolds
Assistant Professor, Ball State University
“Being part of a group that allows me to integrate my passion for social work and my love of sports has been one of the most valuable experiences of my professional career”
Dr. Alex Diaz
Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist, Private Practice
"As a LCSW and sport psychology consultant to Iona University, ASWIS provides a great opportunity to meet like-minded professionals who support, advocate for, and empower an athlete's unique balance of sports performance and mental wellbeing. ASWIS surpasses my expectations as an organization that truly embraces the whole humanity of the athlete by focusing on the individual who happens to wear a sports uniform."
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, University of Georgia Athletic Association
"I believe the ASWIS community is so special because of the involvement, connections, and fellowships we make as members. We help each other, we learn from each other, and support each other in the space of athletics. The team approach is what aids in our success, advancement, and overall well-being of the athletes we work with."