Sports Envoys are American current and former athletes, coaches, and sports administrators who travel overseas to lead programs that are developed by U.S. Embassies and Consulates in collaboration with the Sports Diplomacy Division of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
The Sports Envoys lead sports clinics for young people and their coaches, participate in community outreach activities, and engage audiences in a dialogue to develop leadership skills, encourage academic success, and empower girls, people with disabilities and marginalized communities to achieve their potential.
Sports Envoys typically travel to a single country for five to seven days of programming including travel time but programs can also be designed around the pre-planned travel of athletes or coaches to participate in international competitions or while on other travel.
Recent Sports Envoys
Envoys: Zola Solamente & Tony Sanneh
November 10th-15th, 2019: Bahrain
From November 10th-15th, 2019, the U.S. Department of State will sponsor two Sports Envoys as they travel as part of the Sports Envoy program.
Showcasing the power of sports in general and soccer specifically, the Envoys will travel to Bahrain to host clinics, give inspiration talks, engage with local media and inviting youth and coaches of all ages to join them in events and activities.
Envoys: Khadevis Robinson & Alysia Montaño
July 5th-14th, 2019: Zimbabwe
From July 5th-14th, 2019, the U.S. Department of State sponsored two Sports Envoys as they traveled as part of the Sports Envoy program.
Showcasing the power of sports in general and track and field specifically, the Envoys visited Zimbabwe to host clinics, give inspiration talks, engage with local media and inviting youth and coaches of all ages to join them in events and activities.
Recent Sports Envoy Program Map
See where Sports Envoys have travelled since 2017.
The Department of State partners with professional sports leagues, the U.S. Olympic Committee, U.S. Soccer and other U.S. national governing bodies of sport to recruit and select Sports Envoys. We also welcome the direct interest of accomplished athletes, coaches, and administrators who want to make a positive difference in countries around the world.
If you are interested in becoming a Sports Envoy, please message us below to find out more!