The U.S. State Department, partnering with the Little League World Series and Ripken Baseball, brought Japanese baseball players and coaches from Japan’s disaster-affected prefectures to the United States from August 8-23, 2011.
Partnering with the NBA and WNBA, the U.S. Department of State sent legends Sam Vincent and Andrea Stinson as well as NBA clinician Marty Conlon to Jordan in July.
As a Public Diplomacy Envoy, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. traveled throughout Japan to spread goodwill through baseball.
In coordination with US Soccer, the State Department sent former soccer stars Tony Sanneh and Kate Markgraf to Ethiopia.
The U.S. State Department hosted six female and six male baseball and softball coaches from the Philippines for a Sports Visitor program.
As a part of the Empowering Women Through Sports Initiative, the U.S. State Department hosted fourteen female coaches for a volleyball exchange program in Washington, D.C. and San Antonio, Texas.