Sports Diplomacy has emerged as an integral part of efforts to build ever-strengthening relations between the United States and other nations. Sports diplomacy uses the universal passion for sports as a way to transcend linguistic and sociocultural differences and bring people together. Participation in sports teaches leadership, teamwork, and communication skills that help young people succeed in all areas of their lives.

Sports diplomacy exchanges increase dialogue and cultural understanding between people around the world. The use of sports as a platform exposes international exchange participants to American culture while providing them with an opportunity to establish links with U.S. sports professionals and peers. In turn, Americans learn about other cultures and the challenges young people from other countries face today. Sports diplomacy exchanges have involved tens of thousands of people from more than 180 countries to do just this.

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Sports Envoys and Sports Visitors

Learn more about Sports Envoys and Sports Visitors.

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International Sports Programming Initiative (ISPI)

Learn about sports grants and how to apply. 

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Special Initiatives and Projects

Global Sports Mentoring and other sports initiatives. 

Sports Videos and Photos

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125
countries around the world
Envoys have traveled to every continent (except Antarctica)
24
different sports represented on Envoy programs
from disc golf to sledge hockey to basketball & soccer and everything in between
100
Olympic and Paralympic athletes
participated in Sports Diplomacy Programs over the years