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Reach & Impact

The Sports Diplomacy Division works in all regions of the world on people-to-people sports exchanges. Since 2007, more than 300 Sports Envoys, representing two dozen different sports, have traveled on behalf of the United States to deliver high-impact programming and improve diplomatic relations. Each year, the Sports Diplomacy Division sends nearly 60 Sports Envoys abroad to locations across the globe. Click on the map below to learn more about where past Sports Envoys have gone.

  • Envoys 332
  • Countries visited130
  • Sports represented42

Testimonials from previous Sports Envoys

What Sports Envoys are saying

To a professional athlete considering being an Envoy, I would say, don’t stop at go, just go, go, go! Just do it. Say yes, and do it again. Because it’s life-changing.

Julie Foudy, Soccer, U.S. Women's National Team co-Captain Sports Envoy Alumna, Brazil, 2013

The ADA changed my life. It helped me realize I have rights and a community of people advocating for change. I want the people of Nigeria to know their new policy can do the same. Change is coming.

Deja Young, Track and Field, Nigeria, 2019