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 Java: Reverse Exchange
In the spring of 2018, a group of 14 Indonesian soccer coaches visited San Francisco, California and Washington, D.C. to take part in the U.S. Department of State's Sports Visitor program for a two-week sports-based cultural exchange focused using sport to build resilient communities in Indonesia. In September 2019, two American program partners, Jennifer Smith and Charlie Crawford, joined by Ryan Plourde and Ian Evans of FHI 360 on a trip to Indonesia to implement the inaugural Sports Visitor reverse exchange program.
Ms. Smith and Mr. Crawford traveled as representatives of BAWSI and Coaches Across Continents, respectively, which are organizations that conducted sessions with the Indonesian visitors during their trip to the United States. During the reverse exchange, the group collaborated with 4 alumnae of the Sports Visitor program from Indonesia and local partner Inspire Indonesia to train dozens of coaches and hundreds of youth soccer players in multiple cities in West Java. Training’s were conducted in Bandung, Garut, and Tasikmalaya from September 14th-19th.
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.
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