The Sports Visitor Program is a sports-based international exchange that represents American excellence, leadership, and key lessons learned in sports broadly – from playgrounds to professional leagues.
Sports Visitors are non-elite youth athletes, coaches, and administrators who travel to the United States for a fast-paced short-term sports cultural exchange. During the program, they engage with American peers and sports practitioners, participate in clinics and sessions on leadership, team-building and conflict resolution, as well as on inclusion and equity in sport. Sports Visitor programs show young people how success in athletics can translate into achievements in the classroom and life. They also provide Americans with an opportunity to interact firsthand with people from every region of the world.
Recent Program Highlights
Coaches for Strong Communities in West Jave:
From April 28th-May 12th, 14 youth soccer coaches from Indonesia travelled to the United States to take part in the U.S. Department of States Sports Visitor program. Starting in Washington DC, the group participated in an action planning workshop, joined in multiple discussions about sports and society, met with Washington Spirit FC, and participated in a coaching clinic with Coaches Across Continents.
The group then travelled to San Francisco where they partnered with US Soccer to receive an 11v11 Grassroot Coaching license; helping build valuable coaching capacity and knowledge. Over the course of eight days in the Bay Area, the group continued to learn from organizations in the United States to further their capacity to empower youth in their home communities through sports and mentorship. In addition to meeting with organizations such as BAWSI and Soccer Without Borders; the group participated in a ropes course through the Pacific Leadership Institute, public speaking workshop with the University of San Francisco, and learned about restorative justice at UC Berkeley.
We welcome the direct interest of non-profits, community organizations, professional sports teams, athletes, coaches, and administrators who want to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals from around the world.
If you are interested in engaging with international Sports Visitors in the United States, please message us below to find out more.