The State Department had two concurrent bilateral sports exchange programs with Russia in the summer of 2012.
Partnering with USA Swimming, the U.S. State Department brought 13 athletes—12 youth and one coach—to the U.S. for a swimming-focused program.
A group of Kenyan and Nigerian athletes participated in a fast-paced track and field exchange.
Branislava Blagojevic, an A-SMYLE alumna who lived in Colorado during her program, talks about her exchange program experience.
As part of the “Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports Initiative,” the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team took to the soccer field with Japanese girls in Sendai, Japan on March 27.
Sports Envoys Sam Perkins and Dikembe Mutombo traveled to South Sudan in October 2011 to lead a series of basketball clinics and teambuilding exercises with young people ages 12-25.