Program Overview

ECA’s Sports Diplomacy Division taps into sports’ ability to increase dialogue and cultural understanding between people around the world.  The Division uses sports as a platform to expose foreign participants to American culture while providing them with an opportunity to establish links with U.S. sports professionals and peers.  In turn, Americans learn about foreign cultures and the challenges young people from other countries face today.

 Sports Visitors from the Philippines work on their defensive positioning with coaches from NBA Cares. 2014. 

Sports Visitors from the Philippines work on their defensive positioning with coaches from NBA Cares. 2014. 

Sports Visitors

The Sports Visitor program is a two-week U.S.-based active and experiential sports exchange for non-elite youth athletes, coaches, or administrators. 

 Sports Envoys and Harlem Globetrotters Anthony “Bucket” Blakes and Crissa “Ace” Jackson lead basketball activities with youth in Lithuania.  2017. 

Sports Envoys and Harlem Globetrotters Anthony “Bucket” Blakes and Crissa “Ace” Jackson lead basketball activities with youth in Lithuania.  2017. 

Sports Envoys

Sports Envoys are athletes and coaches who travel overseas to lead sports clinics and programs that are developed by U.S. embassies and consulates.


Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.
— Jesse Owens