Engaging the world through sports.

The Sports Visitor and Sports Envoy programs enhance cross-cultural understanding and open avenues of dialogue between individuals and nations.  An initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, implemented through a cooperative agreement with FHI 360, the programs utilize the power of sports exchanges to create a foundation of trust needed to build a more stable, secure, and prosperous world. 

 
 Sports Envoys and participants in the shadows of the Pyramid of Giza outside Cairo, Egypt. 2018.

Sports Envoys and participants in the shadows of the Pyramid of Giza outside Cairo, Egypt. 2018.

About

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 Sports Envoy and Olympian Brian Hansen visiting a local school in Palau, 2018.

Sports Envoy and Olympian Brian Hansen visiting a local school in Palau, 2018.

Programs

In-depth information about our Sports Visitor and Sports Envoy Programs.


“This was my first time in the U.S. and first time at a camp like this. I fell in love with it because we learn how to be good at the basics and see how people and different countries play basketball and communicate on the court.

“We (campers) spent all day together for five days and my English has improved because of it. When you’re having fun, I guess you learn faster.”
— Sports Visitor Participant

Recent Program Highlights

Check out these videos and photographs highlighting our most recent Sports Visitor and Sports Envoys and learn more about their travels and experiences.

Former WNBA Players Ruthie Bolton and Sheri Sam visit Armenia and Georgia

Alex Morgan and Servando Carrasco in Tanzania

Endurance athlete Dean Karnazes Travels to Peru

Former MLB players Pedro Feliciano and Francisco Cordero travel to Mexico

 
 
 

Photo highlights from our programs around the world.

Sports Envoy Program

Sports Visitor Program


“I didn’t care if any of the kids spoke English. Where basketball and kids are concerned, there is no such thing as a language barrier.”
— Bill Russell- 1959 Sports Envoy in Libya

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 Sports Envoys and United States Women's National Soccer Team Coach Jill Ellis and Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris meet with Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. 2016.

Sports Envoys and United States Women's National Soccer Team Coach Jill Ellis and Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris meet with Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. 2016.

Press Releases

Read the latest press releases for all upcoming Sports Visitor and Sports Envoy programs. 

 Dean Karnazes trains ahead of his Silk Road Sports Envoy run through Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan in 2016.

Dean Karnazes trains ahead of his Silk Road Sports Envoy run through Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan in 2016.

Media

View all of the program-related pictures and videos, as well as read articles from around the globe.

 Sports Envoys and U.S. Women’s National Team member, Alex Morgan, and Orlando City player Servando Carrasco demonstrate speak with youth in Tanzania. 2017.

Sports Envoys and U.S. Women’s National Team member, Alex Morgan, and Orlando City player Servando Carrasco demonstrate speak with youth in Tanzania. 2017.

Program Highlights

View the highlights from recent Sports Visitor and Sports Envoy programs around the world.