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.
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Envoys: Harlem Globetrotters
April 26- May 6, 2019: Uzbekistan
From April 26- May 6, 2019, the U.S. Department of State will sponsor two Sports Envoys as they travel as part of the Sports Envoy program.
The Envoys, both members of the Harlem Globetrotters, will be travelling to Uzbekistan to connect with youth and coaches along the on behalf of the United States; conducting clinics, giving talks, and inviting people of all ages to join them in events and activities.
In what promises to be an entertaining and impactful program, the Globetrotters continue their illustrious history as Sports Envoys all throughout the world.
Envoys: Elizabeth Armanto and Benjamin HatchelL
April 1-16, 2019: Finland, Estonia and Denmark
From April 1-16, 2019, the U.S. Department of State sponsored two Sports Envoys as they traveled as part of the Sports Envoy program.
The Envoys joined in on a highly engaging three country tour, starting in Finland before travelling to Estonia and then finishing in Denmark. Throughout the trip, they connected with youth and coaches along the on behalf of the United States, conducted clinics, gave talks and invited people of all ages to join them in events and activities.
Showcasing the power of sports and introducing skateboarding to highly engaged audiences, the duo impacted large numbers of individuals during their two week program.
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!