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GO GIRL Pakistan Empowers Pakistani Girls through Sport by Involving the Whole Family

"Girls who play sports live happily ever after," is the motivating mantra for Fatima Saleem as she works to create positive change in Pakistan.

May 2014 Read More

Warm Welcome to the World Cup Trophy

The U.S. Department of State hosted the FIFA World Cup™ trophy on April 14, 2014, in a tribute to the unique ability of sports to connect people.

April 2014 Read More

U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program

The U.S. Department of State, espnW, and the University of Tennessee recognized five alumnae of the 2013 Global Sports Mentoring Program who are making history themselves.

April 2014 Read More
Iraqi Soccer Visitors: Leveling the Playing Field

Working with our cooperative partners at the The Center for Sport, Peace, & Society, SportsUnited developed a female-focused sports diplomacy program to continue the State Department's efforts in empowering and inspiring Iraqi women and girls through sports.

January 2014 Read More

Soccer Diplomacy Makes Connections in Burma

Just prior to Thanksgiving, Embassy Rangoon hosted a trio of world class soccer stars for an exciting and historic week of Sports Envoy programming. From November 21-26, Cobi Jones, Lorrie Fair, and Jay Hoffman engaged hundreds of Burmese youth in Rangoon and Mawlamyaing under the theme of "Soccer Unites Us" to promote tolerance and respect among Burma's diverse religious groups.

December 2013 Read More
Global Sports Mentoring Program: Majidah Nantanda

Under the Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative, Majidah Nantanda—Uganda's National Coach for the Women's Team—participated in the 2013 U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program.

November 2013 Read More

SportsUnited Launches Futsal Sports Visitors Exchange Program

U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs hosted 15 male athletes and coaches (between the ages of 20 and 30) from Libya for a futsal Sports Visitors exchange program. Futsal is a modified version of outdoor soccer played on a hard surfaced basketball-sized indoor court, with a smaller and heavier ball. This exchange was the first U.S. Department of State Sports Visitors program with Libya and futsal athletes and coaches.

September 2013 Read More
Sports and Education Add Up to Empower Women and Girls

Sports and education go hand-in-hand when creating opportunities for women, girls, and youth at home and abroad. The importance of these opportunities was highlighted when Secretary of Education Arne Duncan met with 24 female international participants in a State Department Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative exchange program.

July 2013 Read More

"Spirit of Soccer" Brings Help and Hope to Syrian Refugees

Childhood is far from carefree for millions of children growing up in conflict. A new initiative by the U.S. Department of State is working to save lives and prevent injuries by using soccer to educate Syrian youth at the Za'atri refugee camp in northern Jordan about these hidden hazards when they will be able to return home.

May 2013 Read More
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World Cup Trophy Tour. First stop - U.S. Department of State.
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Soccer Envoys in Brazil: Getting More Women and Girls Involved in Soccer.  View Photos

Tony Sanneh and Kate Markgraf Travel to Ethiopia.
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Venezuelan Deaf Sports Educators Learn New Skills to Take Home.
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TIMELINE: SportsUnited Soccer Programs from 2006-2013

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