Check out the highlights from our most recent Sports Visitor and Sports Envoy programs from around the world.
Trooper Johnson Visits Kuwait
National Wheelchair Basketball Hall of Famer and current head coach of the Women's National Team travelled to Kuwait City, Kuwait from March 10th - March 16th as a U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy.
Trooper hosted a multi-day basketball clinic in collaboration with the Kuwait Disabled Sports Club, met with local government officials, spoke to local groups and individuals with disabilities, and much more.
In the five day trip, Trooper was able to share his experience, knowledge, and advice for diverse audiences of stakeholders, all aimed at showcasing the power of sports, communication, positivity, and awareness.
Barry Siff Travels to Panama
Triathalon USA Board of Directors Member Barry Siff travelled to Panama City, Panama from February 27th - March 5th as a U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy.
Barry had a busy schedule that included visits with local triathalon coaches to share best practices, meetings with youth to discuss the power of sports, a collaboration with Peace Corps that included a 3k run, joining the monthly Wednesday Night Ride through Panama City, interactive sessions at local schools, joining the Ocean to Ocean Bike Ride as part of Team USA, and much much more.
Barry really enjoyed the experience of being a Sports Envoy, feeling that the program was impactful to both the communities they visited and on himself personally. He said, “Of all the things I do in sport, I have to say this is my absolute most rewarding, fun, and interesting opportunity, that of a Sports Envoy.”.
Dean Karnazes Travels to Peru
Ultramarathon legend Dean Karnazes travelled to Peru, January 6–15, as a U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy. Karnazes engaged Peruvian communities, including some of the country’s top runners, senior sports and youth officials, blind athletes, and indigenous people.
In Lima, Karnazes shared his expertise with the Pan American Games committee as it plans to host athletes and visitors from throughout the Americas in Lima in 2019. He also volunteered with the “I’m Your Eyes” program to empower blind athletes, and support a sports program that uses athletics to help rehabilitate female prison inmates.
Karnazes then traveled to the cities of Huancayo and Cusco to share best practices with top Peruvian runners, many of whom are from indigenous communities and who train in high-altitude regions. In Cusco, he will also join runners of the Chaki Wayra program, which encourages underserved youth to pursue positive life goals through running. Additionally, Karnazes will speak at the Binational Centers in Lima, Huancayo, and Cusco.
Alex Morgan & Servando Carrasco Travel to Tanzania
U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan and seven-year Major League Soccer veteran Servando Carrasco travelled to four cities in Tanzania (Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar, Arusha, and Iringa) from Dec. 2-10 as part of the U.S. State Department and U.S. Soccer Sport Envoy Program.
Morgan and Carrasco participated in Sports Diplomacy programs and soccer clinics with more than 150 students in rural areas of Tanzania during the course of the trip. In addition to conducting a clinic with Maasai villagers near Arusha, Tanzania, Morgan and Carrasco held soccer clinics and spoke with students from schools in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. The Sports Envoys visited two all-girls soccer programs to highlight the importance of providing equal opportunities in strengthening democratic participation and economic development.