Our Team


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Run the bases: an opportunity to run, catch, and throw for all. Former UCLA Softball Player Tara Henry (USA), Sebastian Cirillo (Italy), and Kelly Smith (UK), are all recent graduates from the Sport and International Development MA program at University of Brighton. After having been involved with Football 4 Peace, the Sport Development organisation based out of the University, they chose to develop their own international organisation that combines not only values, but also skills based coaching techniques to empower and encourage young athletes to become leaders in sport and in life. 


Tara Henry

Tara Henry is a former softball player and coach from the United States. She also earned a MA in Sport and International Development at the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom. Her research focused on gender equality in sport. Her goal is to simply provide a safe space for more women to participate in sport all over the world. As a softball player, she was a four-year letter winner at University of California Los Angeles from 2004-2007, where she was a member of the 2004 Division I National Championship team. During her career, the Bruins went to three straight WCWS and in her senior season she posted a team leading .400 batting average in PAC-10 Conference play. She is ranked 6th among the all-time leaders in career stolen bases with 43 at UCLA.


Kelly Smith

Born and raised on the South-East Coast of England, Kelly’s passion has always been sport. Although many find it hard to believe now Kelly was an extremely shy child. Playing sport and being a part of various school teams helped bring her out of her shell. Her love of sport led her to gain a BA in Sport and Leisure Management and an MA in Sport and International development. Now, through Run the Bases she wishes to use sport to help bring girls out of their shells and encourage them to find their passion, just as she has.


Sebastian Cirillo

Sebastian is a recent graduate of the MA Sport and International Development programme at University of Brighton. He has been involved in several sports since a young age, including football, basketball and volleyball. However, his major passion remains running, specifically middle distance. Both an undergraduate and postgraduate degree have offered the possibility to work on one of his great objectives in life, which is to get as many people as possible involved in sport and physical activity. In order to do so, he hopes to break down as many barriers as possible. These may be related to issues of gender, race or disability. In this sense, Run The Bases is the first step towards a more equal and enjoyable world of sports.