Dr. Matt Moore Honored with Sport Social Work Legacy Award

Dr. Matt Moore standing on stage sharing during AWIS symposium

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Lexington, KY (June 18, 2024) – The UK College of Social Work (CoSW) proudly announces that Dr. Matt Moore, newly appointed Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, has been honored with the prestigious Sport Social Work Legacy Award by the Alliance of Social Workers in Sports (ASWIS). This accolade recognizes Moore’s outstanding contributions and innovations in the field of sport social work.

Moore, who recently transitioned to his new role at CoSW, has made significant strides in the integration of social work practices within sports. His efforts have been pivotal in the development of ASWIS, the establishment of the Sport Social Work Journal, and the creation of various educational opportunities for professionals in this growing field.

ASWIS has been at the forefront of integrating social work principles into sports, promoting the well-being of athletes and supporting professionals who work in the industry. This award was introduced to honor exceptional contributions to research and practice.

“This award is a testament to the collective efforts of many dedicated individuals within ASWIS,” said Moore. “Our work in promoting the integration of social work and sports is just beginning, and I am excited about the future advancements we will achieve together.” 

Outside of academia, Moore has 17 years of competitive tennis coaching experience, including work at Butler University, Anderson University, and at Miami University. He has earned three Coach of the Year awards through the Hoosier Crossroads Conference and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

As Associate Dean, Moore is set to bring his extensive experience and passion for social work into his new responsibilities, overseeing academic and student affairs. His role will involve spearheading initiatives aimed at enriching the educational environment and supporting the holistic development of students at CoSW.

“The UK College of Social Work is among the most innovative, supportive, and academically progressive programs in the country,” said Moore. “I am excited to work alongside such dedicated faculty, staff, and students as we build on these foundations be remaining focused on quality education and creative community partnerships.”

For over 85 years, the College of Social Work (CoSW) at the University of Kentucky has been a leader in education. Our mission is clear: Through rigorous research, excellence in instruction, and steadfast service, the CoSW works to improve the human condition. Always, in all ways.

As the state’s flagship university, our mission is actualized through our deeds. Our faculty are renowned academicians dedicated to fostering the development of high-quality practitioners and researchers. As a college, we promote community and individual well-being through translational research and scholarship, exemplary teaching, and vital community engagement. We are committed to the people and social institutions throughout Kentucky, the nation, and the world.