Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is a Sports Envoy?

Sports Envoys are American current and former athletes, coaches, and sports administrators who travel overseas to lead programs that are developed by U.S. Embassies and Consulates in collaboration with the Sports Diplomacy Division of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).  The Sports Envoys lead sports clinics for young people and their coaches, participate in community outreach activities, and engage audiences in a dialogue to develop leadership skills, encourage academic success, and empower girls, people with disabilities and marginalized communities to achieve their potential.  Sports Envoys typically travel to a single country for five to seven days of programming including travel time but programs can also be designed around the pre-planned travel of athletes or coaches to participate in international competitions or while on other travel.


What is a Sports Visitor?

Sports Visitors are non-elite youth athletes, coaches, and administrators who travel to the United States for a fast-paced short-term sports cultural exchange. During the program, they engage with American peers and sports practitioners, participate in clinics, and sessions on leadership, team-building and conflict resolution, as well as on inclusion and equity in sport. Sports Visitor programs show young people how success in athletics can translate into achievements in the classroom and life. They also provide Americans with an opportunity to interact firsthand with people from every region of the world


How can I be selected to participate?

Sports Visitors: The Sports Visitor Program is a sports-based international exchange that represents American excellence, leadership, and key lessons learned in sports broadly – from playgrounds to professional leagues. Participants are selected locally, so please contact your U.S. Embassy overseas for information on the U.S. Department of State’s sports efforts in your country.

 

Sports Envoys: Sports Envoys are American current and former athletes, coaches, and sports administrators who travel overseas to lead programs that are developed by U.S. Embassies and Consulates in collaboration with the Sports Diplomacy Division of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). If you are an athelete, coach, or sports administrator and are interested in being a Sports Envoy; send us a message. 


If I live overseas, how can I learn more about joining in on a Sports Visitor trip to the U.S?

If you are interested in learning more about the possibility of joining a Sports Visitor trip to the U.S., please contact your U.S. Embassy overseas for information on the U.S. Department of State’s sports exchange offerings in your country.


If I am a coach outside of the U.S. and would like to contribute somehow to Sports Diplomacy programs, how can I try to do so?

Sports Diplomacy appreciates when coaches overseas are interested in becoming involved. However, our Sports Visitor and Sports Envoy programs for the year are prepared in collaboration with our specific contacts. We welcome your suggestions, so please send us a message and we may contact you if we see a good fit. You may also consider contacting your U.S. Embassy overseas for information on the U.S. Department of State’s sports efforts in your country.


How can my sports organization outside of the U.S. become involved?

Sports Diplomacy admires all organizations around the world using sport as a tool to promote positive social change in the lives of young people. If you are a part of a sports organization interested in sports diplomacy, please contact your U.S. Embassy overseas for information on the U.S. Department of State’s sports efforts in your country.


If I live overseas, how can I learn more about a possible Sports Envoy program taking place in my area?

If you are interested in learning more about the possibility of a Sports Visitor program in your country, please contact your U.S. Embassy overseas for information on the U.S. Department of State’s sports efforts in your country.


Is there any way that my organization overseas could receive equipment donations?

Although Sports Diplomacy would like to spread sports goodwill through equipment donations, this is not possible due to limited resources outside of planned programs. In some cases, your U.S. Embassy overseas, private organizations, or sports federations may be able to help.


How can my U.S.-based sports organization become involved?

Sports Diplomacy admires all organizations in the United States using sport as a tool to promote positive social change in the lives of young people. If you are part of a U.S.-based non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status, please consider applying to our annual grant competition. Learn more on the Sports Grants page.


If I am a coach in the U.S. and would like to contribute to Sports Diplomacy programs, how can I try to do so?

Sports Diplomacy appreciates when American coaches are interested in becoming involved. However, our Sports Visitor exchange programs for the year are prepared in collaboration with our specific contacts. We welcome your suggestions, so please send us a message and we may contact you if we see a good fit.