Sports Diplomacy - U.S. Department of State

Sports Diplomacy - U.S. Department of State Sports Diplomacy is an international exchange program of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The U.S. Department of State's Sports Diplomacy division taps into the positive global power of sports diplomacy to bridge differences between people of different backgrounds.

Through sports exchanges, Sports Diplomacy programs aim to create opportunities for young people and marginalized communities in every corner of the world. This program is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the U.S. Department of State.

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Join World Learning's next Sports Diplomacy webinar focused on Sports and Disability Inclusion. The session will focus o...
10/20/2020

Join World Learning's next Sports Diplomacy webinar focused on Sports and Disability Inclusion. The session will focus on sports opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities globally. Our partners include Special Olympics, Special Olympics Washington, Special Olympics Africa, the Moroccan Association of Persons with Down Syndrome, the Adaptive Sports Center in Lebanon, and Skill Council for Persons with Disability in India.

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On Thursday, October 22 at 11:00 am Washington DC time, please join a global webinar on sports for integration, education, and development of people with intellectual disabilities. It is important for all of us – coaches, educators, administrators, parents, or just regular people – to understand the challenges they face but also their tremendous potential and talent and how societies and communities can support, using our common passion for sports as a bridge for caring and engaging. Join panelists from the U.S., Namibia, India, Lebanon, and Morocco in this journey of discovery, relevant to all of us! Please register now at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpfuqgqD8pGdGSrjcIL11ZzsZwfLbNdYd-
#SportsDiplomacy #disability #disabilityawareness #disabilityrights #DisabilitySports #disabilityadvocate #disabilityinclusion #disabled #disabilitypride #disabilitypride2020

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10/16/2020

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Today, one of the great trailblazers of professional sports is celebrating his birthday. Willie O'Ree was recently induc...
10/15/2020

Today, one of the great trailblazers of professional sports is celebrating his birthday. Willie O'Ree was recently inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame for breaking the color barrier in the National Hockey League (NHL), becoming the first player of color to play in the previously segregated league.

Willie played for the Boston Bruins from 1958-1960. Although brief, his play had an outsized impact on the trajectory of the sport, blazing the path for players of color to follow in his path. Since retiring from professional hockey, Willie has remained engaged in working to diversify the sport he loves. He is on the NHL's Diversity Taskforce. Today, there's even an NHL award named after him - the Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award which recognizes the person who best utilizes hockey as a platform to positively impact his or her community, culture or society.

Willie's story and his journey to the Hockey Hall of Fame was featured in the documentary film "Willie", which is set to be shown around the world through the State Department's American Film Showcase. And last year, while at the U.S. Capitol, Willie even met our international U.S. Department of State Global Sports Mentoring Program delegates from around the world (pictured below). His story has been an inspiration to many.

Join us in wishing the legendary Willie O'Ree a very happy 85th birthday!

10/14/2020
Sports Diplomacy - U.S. Department of State

Chamique Holdsclaw begins her day by getting up before anyone else in her home. She then spends ten minutes stretching, followed by 10 mins of meditating. “It grounds me.” Hear more about how she stays mentally fit. Watch the recording of our recent conversation with her and Kevin Love for #WorldMentalHealthDay2020

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https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1031349870663737

We’re calling a time-out today to talk Mental Health with two basketball all-stars, Kevin Love & Chamique Holdsclaw. One body, one mind, one life - don’t miss it. Starting now!

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10/13/2020

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10/09/2020
Sports Diplomacy - U.S. Department of State

Thank you everybody for tuning in today and for being patient with us! It was a powerful conversation. Thank you especially to our featured guests Chamique Holdsclaw & Kevin Love! You all are champions both on the court and off.

Please feel free to share this video in your networks so more can benefit from this candid conversation about sports, mental health and wellness.

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We’re calling a time-out today to talk Mental Health with two basketball all-stars, Kevin Love & Chamique Holdsclaw. One body, one mind, one life - don’t miss it. Starting now!

10/09/2020
Time-Out for Mental Health!

We’re calling a time-out today to talk Mental Health with two basketball all-stars, Kevin Love & Chamique Holdsclaw. One body, one mind, one life - don’t miss it. Starting now!

10/09/2020

We are going live in just a few moments with Chamique & Kevin. Please bear with us.

TODAY IS THE DAY! Among professional athletes, data shows that up to 35% of elite athletes suffer from a mental health c...
10/09/2020

TODAY IS THE DAY! Among professional athletes, data shows that up to 35% of elite athletes suffer from a mental health crisis which may manifest as stress, burnout, depression or anxiety. Hear how the pros are navigating their own #mentalhealth challenges: join #ExchangeAlumni 🏀 Chamique Holdsclaw and Kevin Love today in just 3 hours for a conversation on maintaining mental health in times of stress right here on our page: facebook.com/SportsDiplomacyDivision

Staying active while social distancing is vital to support your mental health during these stressful times. Get pro tips...
10/08/2020

Staying active while social distancing is vital to support your mental health during these stressful times. Get pro tips (literally) from 🏀basketball All-stars Chamique Holdsclaw and Kevin Love tomorrow, Oct. 9 at 12:00pm ET (Washington DC) right here on our page!

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10/07/2020
Sports Diplomacy - U.S. Department of State

Millions of athletes suffer from clinical depression each year. You’re not alone. Talk to your family, teammates, coaches or support staff, and bring your questions to Kevin Love and Chamique Holdsclaw on October 9th at 12:00 p.m. ET to find out how they got help with their own #mentalhealth challenges.

RSVP today: Time Out for Mental Health: A conversation with the NBA's Kevin Love & former WNBA player Chamique Holdsclaw

#WorldMentalHealthDay #SportsDiplomacy #ExchangeOurWorld

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Sports Diplomacy is an international exchange program of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Tune in to World Learning's next Sports Diplomacy webinar focused on Sports for Refugee Integration. The program will ta...
10/06/2020

Tune in to World Learning's next Sports Diplomacy webinar focused on Sports for Refugee Integration. The program will take place on Thursday October 8th at 11am (Washington DC time). Join speakers from Soccer Without Borders, L.A.C.E.S., UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and University of Tennessee, Knoxville - Yarmouk University.

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Playing sports does not make athletes immune to mental health challenges. Facing pressures to perform on the court, as w...
10/06/2020

Playing sports does not make athletes immune to mental health challenges. Facing pressures to perform on the court, as well as in the rest of their public lives, even All-Star athletes like Kevin Love & Chamique Holdsclaw struggle with their #mentalhealth.

Join us this Friday at 12 pm ET right here for a special Facebook Live discussion on the importance of maintaining good mental health, especially now.

Event page here! Time Out for Mental Health: A conversation with the NBA's Kevin Love & former WNBA player Chamique Holdsclaw

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International Sports Programming Initiative partner World Learning will host the next webinar focused on Creating a Safe...
09/23/2020

International Sports Programming Initiative partner World Learning will host the next webinar focused on Creating a Safer Space for Children through Sports. Please register and join the session at 11am (Washington DC time) on Thursday September 24th.

A zoom event about sports, education, behavior, and building teams for success!
Thursday, September 24, from 11:00 to 12:30 pm Washington DC time.
You can calculate your time zone here https://lnkd.in/ezxifkf
Register for the webinar here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYoceuvqzgsH9ZeLRF9W0KsLwNA56dgIz4G

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Our International Sports Programming Initiative partner World Learning will host their next webinar focused on Women's S...
09/08/2020

Our International Sports Programming Initiative partner World Learning will host their next webinar focused on Women's Soccer. The speakers will include former U.S. Soccer star Brandi Chastain, former Confederação Brasileira de Futebol star Marcia Taffarel, Washington Spirit player Paige Nielsen, and the Head of Women's Football at the Jordan Football/ Jordan Women's Football Soleen Al-Zou-bi. Please register and join the webinar on Thursday September 10th.

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Our next webinar is just 2 days away! Join us at 10:30 AM EDT on Thursday, September 10 for the "Football - Not A Men's Game Only" webinar discussion.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcucOygrzsjGNx3_d5H924S7TYww4w5tFUL

We have amazing speakers joining us for this discussion!
Brandi Chastain, USA
Marcia Taffarel, Brazil
Paige Nielsen, USA
Soleen Al-Zou'bi, Jordan

We’re proud to support global screenings of #42 and pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman on his passing. He helped share the ...
08/31/2020

We’re proud to support global screenings of #42 and pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman on his passing. He helped share the story of Jackie Robinson, Civil Rights, and equality on & off the field. #SportforChange #CultureAtState @exchangeourworld

Join us for a conversation about adaptive sports in Mexico with an alumni of our exchanges.  Register by September 4, vi...
08/26/2020

Join us for a conversation about adaptive sports in Mexico with an alumni of our exchanges. Register by September 4, via this link to save your spot (https://bit.ly/2EDZ5De)! Thanks to our cooperative partners Exchanges360 - International Programs for supporting this webinar and to Lakeshore Foundation and Team USA for supporting the delegation from Mexico during their in-person program last October.

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Game time! Lots of thanks to our friends at @laureus_usa and to our dream team slate of disability rights leaders for to...
08/20/2020

Game time! Lots of thanks to our friends at @laureus_usa and to our dream team slate of disability rights leaders for today’s dynamic #ADA inspired event!! We are proud to promote disability rights on and off of the field from the local to the global level! Lots of thanks to our friends in this field of sport for social change and promotion of disability rights. As Daniel Gomez of Mexico said, “the biggest obstacle is changing mindsets.” @_dgomezdelavega @exchangeourworld @lakeshorefoundation @ewolff10 (+Ann Cody, Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt, Bob Lujano). #ChangeTheGame #AccessforAll #ADA30

08/13/2020

We join our cooperative partners from Exchanges360 - International Programs in celebrating International Youth Day. We celebrate all of the Sports Diplomacy alumni around the world who are leading positive change in their communities.

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08/12/2020

Sports Diplomacy - U.S. Department of State

Maintaining the momentum of the Americans With Disabilities Act’s 30th anniversary this summer, we are joining forces with Laureus USA on a special virtual event to promote disability sports opportunities for youth!

This conversation will include experts in the field and focus on how we can level the playing field in sports and society for people with disabilities at home and around the world!!

This activity takes place Thursday, August 20 at 11 am and one can register on Laureus USA’s website: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkdO6gqj8oHdUjwE4b3EazblCsOthoHqne

Lots of thanks to power players Eli Wolff, Ann Cody, Dr. Anjali Forbes-Pratt, Bob Lujano, and Daniel Gomez for the support!

#SportforChange #ExchangeOurWorld #AccessforAll #ADA30

Maintaining the momentum of the Americans With Disabilities Act’s 30th anniversary this summer, we are joining forces wi...
08/12/2020

Maintaining the momentum of the Americans With Disabilities Act’s 30th anniversary this summer, we are joining forces with Laureus USA on a special virtual event to promote disability sports opportunities for youth!

This conversation will include experts in the field and focus on how we can level the playing field in sports and society for people with disabilities at home and around the world!!

This activity takes place Thursday, August 20 at 11 am and one can register on Laureus USA’s website: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkdO6gqj8oHdUjwE4b3EazblCsOthoHqne

Lots of thanks to power players Eli Wolff, Ann Cody, Dr. Anjali Forbes-Pratt, Bob Lujano, and Daniel Gomez for the support!

#SportforChange #ExchangeOurWorld #AccessforAll #ADA30

Maintaining the momentum of the Americans With Disabilities Act’s 30th anniversary this summer, we are joining forces wi...
08/12/2020

Maintaining the momentum of the Americans With Disabilities Act’s 30th anniversary this summer, we are joining forces with @laureus_usa on a special virtual event to promote disability sports opportunities for youth! This conversation will include experts in the field and focus on how we can level the playing field in sports and society for people with disabilities at home and around the world!! This activity takes place Thursday, August 20 at 11 am and one can register on Laureus USA’s website! Lots of thanks to @ewolff10, Ann Cody, Dr. Anjali Forbes-Pratt, and @_dgomezdelavega for the support! #SportforChange #ExchangeOurWorld #AccessforAll #ADA30 @exchangeourworld @statedept @laureussport

07/31/2020
Belgium Sports Visitor Program 2020

As we continue to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) this week, we throwback to February when, together with our implementing partners FHI 360 and US Embassy Brussels, we hosted adaptive martial arts coaches and administrators who explored inclusion through sports. Thank you to San Diego Diplomacy Council, USA Taekwondo, Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center, Institute for Sport and Social Justice, among many others for hosting the Belgium delegation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3gTHXuyg4I&feature=youtu.be

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US Embassy Brussels
San Diego Diplomacy Council
USA Taekwondo
Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center
Institute for Sport and Social Justice
#accessforall
#ADA30
#sportforsocialchange

A delegation of mixed martial arts coaches and administrators came to the United States in February of 2020 in order to observe and participate in clinics, w...

This week, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Since the Sports Diplomacy di...
07/29/2020

This week, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Since the Sports Diplomacy division started programming in 2002, the International Sports Programming Initiative has highlighted adaptive sports through the themes of Sport and Disability and Sport for Social Change. Some of the amazing partners that we have worked with over the years through ISPI programs have been: National Ability Center, BlazeSports America, Special Olympics, Team USA, USA Volleyball, Mobility International USA, Center for Sport Leadership, and so many others. Thank you to all of our partners overs the years.

#accessforall
#ADA30
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#sportforsocialchange

This week we're celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by highlighting some of the grea...
07/28/2020

This week we're celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by highlighting some of the great partners we work with on sports and disability rights.

John Register is a mentor, leader, partner on our international exchange programs, and a powerful speaker. Tune in to 🎙#2233Stories podcast episode "Showing your Metal" to hear more about John's inspiring story, and his work with Exchange Programs - U.S. Department of State'

Listen to it here 🎧➡️ https://spoti.fi/2Em7NWJ

This week, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA advances equal opport...
07/27/2020

This week, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA advances equal opportunities for people with disabilities in society—including in sports! Our @exchangeourworld Sports Diplomacy team has been proud to support the global messages of the ADA through people-to-people exchanges and activities on and off the court!

Please learn more about#ADA30 and our @statedept Global Sports Mentoring Program by checking out our GSMP page (https://www.facebook.com/GlobalSportsMentoringProgram/) and our partner’s Instagram account @sportandpeaceut!! #AccessforAll #levelplayingfield

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07/08/2020
Diplomacy After Hours: Access for All: Diplomacy and Disability Rights

Our friends at the National Museum of American Diplomacy are hosting a conversation on disability rights and access for all right now featuring one of our Sports Envoy standouts Paralympic Gold Medalist sprinter Deja Young.

Tune in now! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz0wMUfPEE4&feature=youtu.be

Team USA U.S. Paralympics Track & Field

Join the National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), this month, this month, as we commemorate the...

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With kindness, communication, education, teamwork and SPORTS comes positive change. Yes Africa! Say Hey!
The research program Yes Africa! Say Hey! that was established through Indiana University’s school of public health has been doing great things for the communities in Liberia, Africa this week.—Almost a year ago teams from Sierra Leone and Liberia, Africa came to Bloomington, Indiana to plan and learn how to bring youth enrichment through sports to their community. Now, with the direction from Dr. William Ramos (Indiana University) and Student Ambassador’s —Eric Knee (Indiana University graduate), Sarah Foster (Junior at Edgewood High School, IN. ), Claire Shea (Edgewood graduate now IU student), and Evan Cantrell (Edgewood graduate now Ivy Tech student) have made the trip to Liberia to continue the programs goals. They have met with several dignitaries about the program, visited with area school children and took part in various sport activities. They also had the honor to visit with the elderly and experience a warm welcome from the Liberia team. I am over joyed to pass along this program update as the United States team has been with little to no Wi-Fi for communication to social media. Nevertheless, it is certain this team not only has made a positive impact in Liberia but they have gained a cultural insight many dream of.
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The Growth of Football From the Ivory Coast - West Africa
On the eve of the second summit with President Trump and President Kim, I am hoping that my experience on both sides of the 38th Parallel can be helpful in bringing both of our sides closer together following this historic event. Inspired by the opening of last year's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, this is one of the articles that I added to my LinkedIn profile to remind people that sports is certainly another way, as ping pong balls once proved, of bringing peace to the world. "Building Bridges in Korea" In 1989, I moved to Beijing, was made IMG's first Country Manager there, and moved to Hong Kong for the next six years, after witnessing the events in Tiananmen Square. In 1990, I spent ten weeks in Seoul, learning about history, culture, language and customs, trying to find ways to build a bridge for North & South Korea. After seeing the events in Germany, the South was interested in finding ways to bring about a more peaceful and gradual reunification. Along the way, I learned that in the 1930's and 40's, Seoul and Pyongyang used to play friendly soccer and ice hockey matches. I then asked my friends in the DPRK embassy in Beijing, why, after more than 50 years, wasn't it time to allow young men to play in these games again ? I also mentioned how beneficial it might be if both North & South formed joint teams to compete in major international sporting events and how it would look to the world if a joint team walked into the Olympics together. A soccer tournament that summer brought North & South to Beijing, where a meeting was held to discuss these ideas. Choe Ryong Hae and Kim Woo Choong, chairmen of the soccer federations of the North and South, met and agreed that there was not enough time to form a joint team for the coming Asian Games in Beijing, but two weeks after the games, the South would send their team to Pyongyang for a game and then the North would send their team to Seoul to play another game. I found it rather interesting to see the fans and 'cheerleaders' from the North cheering on their brethren from the South during the opening ceremonies of those Asian Games. I was asked by Chang Ung, the Secretary General of the DPRK Olympic Committee, (now IOC member), to arrange for sponsors and TV for the game, areas in which they were not so familiar. It was almost a fantasy at the time to see these teams play and the reactions of the very emotional fans watching them in each place. It was a great reminder for me that if I could find a way to do this kind of goodwill work on a full time basis, I would be very content. The next spring, Korea sent its first unified team to play in the World Table Tennis championships in Japan and the women won the title ! As a thank you for my efforts, I was then invited to attend President Kim Il Sung's 79th birthday party. Seeing the festivities, including the president's arts festival, touring all of the athletic facilities in the area, and getting to know Pyongyang and some of its people, made for quite a historic trip. When I noticed that there were no Americans performing in this festival, I asked if they would like to have an American at the following year's 80th birthday party, which I knew would be quite memorable. They agreed so I found Andrew Simon, who was playing clarinet in the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and brought him with me to perform at the 80th birthday party. Since Andrew spoke some German, as did the lead clarinetist in the DPRK's national orchestra, it was something to see them speaking and practicing with each other before their performances. Soon after, I asked Ted Turner if he wanted to bring true meaning to his Goodwill Games, since the U.S. and Russia were fairing better at the time. I was then invited to lunch with him in Atlanta and brought back everything I could to encourage North and South to host this event. Timing has always been the key in dealing with the North, and although the South was interested, the North was just not ready at the time. As the Chinese once proved the value of 'ping-pong diplomacy' in promoting friendship, it is very nice to see that in Korea at this time, sports is still very instrumental to in trying to build bridges and bring people closer together. I sincerely hope that I can continue to promote friendship, through sports, business and culture and help, in a small way, to make our world a better place to live. From a passionate, experienced bridge builder and event organizer.