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Alex Morgan and Servando Carrasco
Burma Sports Visitors
Alex Morgan and Servando Carrasco
Maggie Vessey, Shannon Rowbury, and Rose Monday
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Golan Volunteers in Kenya with Sports Envoy Program
Today we went to an elementary school called Bilashaka Primary School. This school is predominantly Muslim, and young girls are not encouraged to go very far in school (70% drop out before high school) or to participate in sports. Thankfully, a group called Moving the Goalposts partners with these types of schools to encourage these young girls and to build their confidence to try to overcome challenges in their own environment to reap the benefits of what sport has to offer. Early pregnancy and early marriage are also an issue that they hope promoting these young women playing soccer can help to curb.
The Language of Soccer
“So, where are you all from?”
“I’m from Haiti!"
And it doesn’t stop there; El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Morocco and Cape Verde were also represented on August 6th by the almost 40 participants of the FHI 360 Youth Soccer and ESL Sports Visitor program and SWB Boston soccer clinic. These participants would spend the next 5 mornings together developing their soccer skills by participating in drills and scrimmages led by SWB staff from Baltimore, Boston, Oakland, and Uganda.
Press release from the Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission
As part of the U.S. Department of State’s Sports Diplomacy Division programs, 15 participants from Albania, Belgium, and Guatemala will spend June 30 through July 14, 2018, in Asheville examining English as a Second Language through soccer. Xplore USA will host the group for their annual ESL summer camp.
Managed by FHI 360, 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 with American peers and sports practitioners. During the program, they participate in clinics and sessions on leadership, team-building and conflict resolution, as well as on America’s experience with inclusion and equity in sport.
US basketball coach Johnson holds training session for disabled
US basketball coach Lawrence Trooper Johnson held a training session at the Kuwait Sporting Club for the Disabled in Hawally. Johnson, a captain of the Golden State Warriors wheelchair basketball team, is a current youth sports program and recreation opportunities coordinator for individuals and people with disabilities and visual impairments.
The session was attended by US Ambassador to Kuwait Lawrence Silverman, who thanked the organizers for the successful event and everyone for their cooperation as they hone their basketball skills despite their condition.
US players tout inclusion of girls in football
Girls in the country have been challenged to play football and aim high as far as excelling in the popular sport in the world is concerned.
This was said yesterday by the Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Alex Morgan, when conducting a sports clinic dubbed ‘Sports Diplomacy Soccer Camps’ at Jakaya M. Kikwete (JMK) Park in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
Alex Morgan and Servando Carrasco Visit Tanzania
Around this time last year, Orlando Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris spent time out of her offseason to visit Liberia and the Monrovia Football Academy, promoting the growth of the game of soccer in Africa. This year, Alex Morgan and husband Servando Carrasco have taken the opportunity to visit four cities in Tanzania from now until December 9 as part of the U.S. State Department and U.S. Soccer Sport Envoy Program.
Olympian Lia Neal inspires through swimming and beyond at special clinic with SportCares youth
American swimmer and Olympic silver medallist Lia Neal joined some 30 youth from the SportCares Swimming Programme last Monday in an exclusive swim clinic that was made possible with the support of U.S. Embassy Singapore.
Four Days to Go to Olympic Day: US and Rwandan Olympians join together to promote gender equality for Olympic Day
Olympians from Rwanda and the United States of America have joined Kids Play International and former NFL stars to help celebrate gender equality for Olympic Day 2017.
USA and Rwandan athletes will work with Kids Play International for a week of Olympic sporting activities in Rwanda that promote gender equality and Olympic values.
This U.S. Sports Envoy Is Bridging Communities With Skateboarding
Neftalie Williams was 16 when he met two pro skateboarders outside of a summer camp he wasn't able to attend. It was after hours, and the pair skated with him. They taught Williams that the sport wasn't out of reach to anyone.
“Even though I didn't have the chance to attend the camp, they still made sure to provide me the opportunity to skate with them," Williams told NBC News. "Their gesture taught me that skateboarding was an activity 'by the people and for the people.' It has been my goal to return the favor to the next generation of skaters ever since then.”
Harlem Globetrotters join U.S. State Department's Sports Envoy Program in Lithuania and Estonia
The Harlem Globetrotters will continue their tradition of bringing goodwill to people all over the world as part of the U.S. State Department’s Sports Envoy program this week (Sept. 20-30), when they visit Lithuania and Estonia to promote the value of teamwork in every aspect of life.
These programs help bolster the United States’ cultural and social ties with the government and people of two long-standing partners and strong NATO allies.