As part of Sports Diplomacy’s sport, disability, and inclusion initiatives, ECA worked with Embassy Caracas to bring 14 adult deaf athletes to New York and Washington, D.C. for a two-week sport visitor program.
The participants represent communities from all over Venezuela. The program was designed to focus on a series of clinics and activities that emphasize the importance of education, teamwork, respect for diversity, community building and volunteerism. In turn, the participants will be able to increase their support of deaf communities back home.
While in New York, the participants will meet with officials at the UN and UNICEF to learn more about the U.S. sports and peace efforts. The group will also have the opportunity to visit and meet with NBA and MLB representatives. Both professional leagues have philanthropic organizations in Venezuela with projects that aim to create safe spaces where kids and families can learn, live and play. Additionally, the participants will meet with representatives from the Deaf Sports Federation and visit Lexington School of the Deaf. In Washington, the participants will receive coaches’ clinics on a variety of sports, meet with deaf and hearing U.S. student athletes, and attend a Nationals game. The group will also visit Gallaudet and learn how athletic involvement is linked to academic success.