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 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 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. 

 Members of the U.S. Summer Olympics Team and former Secretary of State John Kerry in Brazil.  2016. 

Members of the U.S. Summer Olympics Team and former Secretary of State John Kerry in Brazil.  2016. 

Sports Envoys

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


Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose-it teaches you about life
— Billie Jean King