Sports

Dean Karnazes Travels to Peru

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Ultramarathon legend Dean Karnazes will travel to Peru, January 6–15, as a U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy. Karnazes will engage Peruvian communities, including some of the country’s top runners, senior sports and youth officials, blind athletes, and indigenous people.

In Lima, Karnazes will share 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 will also volunteer in 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 will then travel 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.

Building cross-cultural understanding through sports diplomacy

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FHI 360 has been awarded a cooperative agreement by the U.S. Department of State to implement the Sports Visitor and Sports Envoy Program, which uses sports as a platform to enhance cross-cultural understanding and open new avenues of dialogue and collaboration between the United States and other countries.

The Sports Envoy program sends current or retired U.S. coaches and athletes to countries around the world to lead sports clinics, promote inclusive values and strengthen youth resiliency. The Sports Visitor program brings coaches, administrators and youth athletes from other countries to the United States to interact with American peers and to experience American society and culture through the lens of sport. Together, the Sports Visitor and Sports Envoy program highlights American expertise, leadership and lessons learned in the sporting arena, from community-based recreational youth play to the professional levels, focusing on the professional and leadership development of youth, coaches and sports administrators. The program will be administered by FHI 360, with funding from the U.S. Department of State’s Sports Diplomacy Division within the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.