THE Mindanao Leadership Summit of female athletes, which is part of the continuous aspirations of the Mindanao Peace Games (MPG) in providing platforms for young women in sports, is set on February 9 to 11 at Ateneo de Davao University (AdDu).

AdDu athletics special program coordinator Celina Simone Jaldon, during Thursday's Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum held at The Annex of SM City Davao, said the event will be attended by MPG members including Xavier University Ateneo de Cagayan, Holy Trinity College, La Salle University of Ozamiz, Hope Christian School Gensan, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Saint Joseph Intitute of Technology, Saint Vincent College, Father Saturnino Urios University, Holy Cross of Davao College and Datu Ibrahim Paglas Memorial College.

"We are expecting around 45 athletes, three to four captains per school plus one sports director per delegation," Jaldon said, adding that the conference will focus on sports leadership, role of sports in peace-building in Mindanao, sports as a tool in community building and MPG's role in Mindanao.

MPG main convener Noli Ayo, in his e-mail message read by Jaldon, says the a series of talks, group dynamics and round table discussion will guide participants to see the bigger role of sports in their communities.

Jaldon said they invited resource speakers Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Commissioner Celia Kiram (Women in Sports); Irene Santiago, Chair of the Government Implementing Panel for the Bangsamoro Peace Accords; Gang Badoy-Capati, founder of Rock Ed Philippines; University Athletic Association of the Philippines (Uaap) basketball commissioner lawyer Rebo Saguisag; Dinky Munda of Tabula Rasa Group of Artists; Paulus Reyes of Team Socceroo Football Club and Mussolini Sinsuat Lidasan, one of the founders of Al Qalam Institute for Islamic Identities and Dialouge in Southeast Asia.

A closing dinner will be held on February 11 at Home Crest Hotel.