NBA basketball star Jason Collins tipped off LGBT Pride Month at the U.S. Department of State by enchanting a Department audience with tales of both tough personal decisions and personal successes.
Organized alongside the excitement of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil Sports Diplomacy hosted a Sports Visitor soccer program for coaches from Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, and Yemen.
As part of Sports Diplomacy’s sport, disability, and inclusion initiatives, ECA worked with U.S. Embassy - Caracas to bring 14 adult deaf athletes to New York and Washington, D.C. for a two-week sport visitor program.
As the head of GO GIRL Pakistan, Fatima Saleem, a Global Sports Mentoring Program star alumna, funnels her energy into organizing sports clinics and mentoring sessions for Pakinstani girls—ranging from pre-schoolers to adolescents in age and representative of different socioeconomic classes. The key factor to Fatima’s success is engaging the men of the families and, ultimately, whole community in these programs.
Under ECA’s Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports Initiative, three-time Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee promoted healthy lifestyles and shared lessons on leadership in Jerusalem for this first-ever State Department track and field envoy program.
During the second part of the exchange, 12 American participants traveled to Turkey where they practiced learning basketball skills and engaging in leadership development and conflict resolution sessions with former NBA player Gheorghe Muresan.