Sports diplomacy programs are in a league of their own when it comes to changing perspectives, knowledge sharing, and building relationships through exchange opportunities. Participation in sports teaches leadership, teamwork, and communication skills that help young people succeed in all areas of their lives. Sports diplomacy uses the universal passion for sports as a way to transcend linguistic and sociocultural differences and bring people together.
The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board recently released its 48th Annual Report highlighting the Fulbright Program’s major events, partner country initiatives, and statistical trends, as well as Board outreach activities in 2012.
On February 2, 2014, New York Metropolitan Opera star and Fulbright alumna, Renée Fleming sang the National Anthem at the Super Bowl XLVIII football game between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks.
The Huffington Post listed Fulbright alumnus Randy Sterling Hunter’s music video as one of “The 20 Best Music Videos of 2013”.
Four Fulbright Science & Technology (S&T) alumni volunteers worked with Chilean high school teachers and students in the first “Coach-a-Teacher” program in Chile, December 14-20, 2013.
The Gold Stars initiative brings highly motivated IVLP alumni back to the United States to share their successes, re-connect with Americans who inspired them, and network as a means to build upon their success.