American Public Diplomacy Envoys

Michelle Kwan: World Champion Figure Skater

  • Singapore 2011
  • South Korea 2010
  • Ukraine 2009
  • Argentina 2008
  • Russia 2007
  • China 2007

Cal Ripken, Jr.: Hall of Fame Baseball player

  • Japan 2011
  • Nicaragua 2008
  • China 2007

Ken Griffey, Jr.: Hall of Fame Baseball player

  • Mexico 2014
  • Philippines 2011

Sports Envoys

American Football

  • Michael Haynes: Russia 2016
  • Billy Elmore: Russia 2016

Baseball

  • Brady Anderson: Japan 2011
  • Matt Backert: China 2008
  • DJ Carasco: New Zealand 2015
  • Adam Christ: China 2008
  • Tim Gebhart: China 2008
  • Jeremy Guthrie: Panama 2015
  • Barry Larkin: Colombia 2008, Taiwan 2010, South Korea 2011, Ecuador 2012, India 2013, Lithuania 2015
  • Steve Laska: Colombia 2008
  • Matt Krause: Colombia 2008
  • Joe Logan: Colombia 2008, Taiwan 2010, Philippines 2011, South Korea 2011, Ecuador 2012, India 2013, Lithuania 2015
  • Jed Lowrie: Colombia 2015
  • Dennis Martinez: Nicaragua 2008
  • Gilberto Mendoza: Panama 2015
  • Billy Ripken: China 2008
  • Ron Roenicke: New Zealand 2015
  • Elias Sosa: Panama 2008, Nicaragua 2008
  • BJ Surhoff: China 2007

Basketball NBA

  • Derrik Alston: Philippines 2014
  • Charlie Bell: Cameroon 2016
  • Rolando Blackman: Lebanon 2009
  • Matt Bonner: Tanzania 2008
  • DeCovan "Dee" Brown: Tanzania 2011
  • Zarko Cabarkapa: Georgia 2016
  • Brian Cardinal: Malaysia 2013
  • Ronald Cass III: South Africa, Mozambique, and Botswana 2015
  • Cedric Ceballos: Angola 2013
  • Marshall Cho: Moldova 2014
  • Richard Cho: Burma 2012
  • Jason Collins: Brazil 2015; Angola 2016
  • Marty Conlon: Uzbekistan 2011, Jordan 2011, Burma 2012, South Korea 2014
  • Edward Corsely: South Korea 2014
  • Samuel Dalembert: Haiti 2011
  • Tommy Davis: Benin 2014
  • Obinna Ekezie: Nigeria, 2005
  • Wayne Ellington, Jr.: Cambodia 2016
  • Alexander English: Chile 2014, South Korea 2014, Italy 2015
  • David Fizdale: Philippines: 2009
  • Adonal Foyle: Morocco 2014, Spain 2014
  • Pat Garrity: Thailand 2008
  • George Gervin: India 2011
  • Willie Green: Capo Verde 2010
  • Darvin Ham: Venezuela 2011, Burma 2012
  • Juwan Howard: Congo 2007
  • Jim Jackson: Senegal 2005
  • Mark Madsen: Tunisia 2010
  • Rick Mahorn: Indonesia 2012
  • Jason Maxiell: Uganda 2009
  • Tracy Murray: Mozambique 2009, Greece 2012
  • Dikembe Mutombo: Congo 2007, South Sudan 2011
  • Shaquille O’Neal: Cuba 2016
  • Bo Outlaw: Republic of the Congo 2011, Poland 2015
  • Doug Overton: China 2014
  • Billy Owens: Malawi 2010
  • Sam Perkins: Algeria 2005, Qatar 2009, Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan 2008, Indonesia 2010, South Sudan 2011, United Kingdom 2012
  • Detlef Schrempf: Nigeria 2013
  • Purvis Short: Saudi Arabia 2008
  • Vladimir Stephania: Georgia 2009
  • Erik Spoelstra: Philippines 2009 and 2014
  • Peja Stojakavic: Greece 2012
  • James “Sam” Vincent: Jordan 2011
  • Kermit Washington: Saudi Arabia 2008
  • Charles "CJ" Watson: Senegal 2012
  • Jerome Williams: Bahrain 2009

Basketball WNBA

  • Monique Ambers: Tunisia 2010
  • Jennifer Azzi: Tanzania 2008
  • Debbie Black: Kazakhstan 2013
  • Ruthie Bolton: Saudi Arabia 2008, Kazakhstan 2013, Moldova 2014, Papua New Guinea & Australia 2015, Bangladesh 2015
  • Becky Bonner: Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan 2008, Ukraine 2013, Sri Lanka 2014, Saudi Arabia 2015
  • Edwina Brown: Jerusalem 2007
  • Kiesha Brown: China 2012
  • Kelley Cain: Rwanda & South Africa 2014
  • Edna Campbell: Republic of the Congo 2011, Indonesia 2012, Sri Lanka 2014
  • Swin Cash: United Kingdom 2012
  • Tamika Catchings: Thailand 2013, UAE 2014
  • Kayte Christensen: Venezuela 2011
  • Shameka Christon: Algeria 2005
  • Cynthia Cooper: Senegal 2006 and 2005
  • Teresa Edwards: Mozambique 2009
  • Allison Feaster: Burma 2012, Philippines 2014
  • Kalana Greene: Georgia 2016
  • Kym Hampton: Thailand 2008
  • Ebony Hoffman: Lebanon 2009, Thailand 2013, Rwanda and South Africa 2014, South Africa, Botswana, and Mozambique 2015
  • Chamique Holdsclaw: Senegal 2012
  • Keia Howell: Rwanda & South Africa 2014
  • Jennifer Lacy: Nicaragua 2013; Angola 2016
  • Hamchétou Maïga-Ba: Mali 2014
  • Nikki McCrae: Congo 2007
  • Carla McGhee: Qatar 2009
  • Taj McWilliams-Franklin: China 2014
  • Astou Ndiaye: Cameroon 2016
  • Chinenye "Chiney" Ogwumike: Brazil 2015
  • Donna Orender: Lebanon 2009
  • Patricia “Ticha” Penicheiro: Angola 2013, Rwanda and South Africa 2014
  • Bridget Pettis: Kazakhstan 2013
  • Nicole Powell: Poland 2015
  • Tamika Raymond: Malawi 2010, Tanzania 2011, China 2012, Ukraine 2013, Nigeria 2013, Sri Lanka 2014
  • Ruth Riley: Spain 2014, Congo 2014, Mozambique, South Africa, and Botswana 2015, Saudi Arabia 2015
  • Ashley Robinson: Greece 2012
  • Nykesha Sales: Uganda 2009, Capo Verde 2010, Haiti 2011, Venezuela 2012, Ukraine 2013, South Korea 2014
  • Olympia Scott-Richardson: Dominican Republic 2011
  • Andrea Stinson: Algeria 2005, Bahrain 2009, Jordan 2011
  • Katie Smith: India 2011
  • Barbara Turner: Georgia 2009
  • Sue Wicks: Philippines 2009, Indonesia 2010, Dominican Republic 2011, Malaysia 2013, Cambodia 2016
  • Candice Wiggins: Nicaragua 2013, Chile 2014
  • Lynette Woodard: Saudi Arabia 2008

Deaflympics Basketball

  • Dr. Becky Clark: China 2013

Wheelchair Basketball

  • Parnes Cartwright: Russia 2015
  • Carlie Cook: Morocco & Algeria 2016
  • Trooper Johnson: Russia 2015, Morocco & Algeria 2016
  • Dr. Andrea Woodson-Smith: China 2013, Papua New Guinea & Australia 2015

  • Disc Golf

    • Nate Doss: Russia 2015
    • Valarie Jenkins: Russia 2015

    Endurance Running

    • Dean Karnazes: Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan 2016

    Fencing

    • Ibtihaj Muhammad: England 2013, Russia 2013

    Ice Hockey

    • Lonnie Jackson: Kazakhstan 2014
    • Philip Yohe: Kazakhstan 2014
    • Julie Chan: Kazakhstan 2014

    Iceskating

    • Rachael Flatt: Russia 2014
    • Evan Lysacek: Belarus 2012, Russia 2014

    Judo

    • Dartanyon Crockett: Turkmenistan 2014
    • Heidi Moore: Turkmenistan 2014

    Paratriathlon

    • Mary Kate Callahan: Uzbekistan 2016

    Sledge Hockey

    • Lonnie Jackson Hannah II: Kazakhstan 2014
    • Julie Wu Chan: Kazakhstan 2014
    • Andrew Yohe: Kazakhstan 2014

    Skateboarding

    • Neftalie Williams: Netherlands 2016

    Snowboarding

    • Amber Stackhouse: Armenia 2010
    • Erin Comstock: Armenia 2010

    Men's Soccer

    • Marcelo Balboa: Nigeria 2006 and 2008
    • John Cone: Azerbaijan 2010
    • Tony DiCiccio:Guatemala 2015
    • Cobi Jones: Burma 2014, Brazil 2014, Fiji and Tonga 2015
    • Eddie Lewis: Indonesia 2015
    • Jay Miller: Morocco 2008, Bolivia 2009, Thailand 2010
    • Glenn Myernick: South Africa 2006
    • Curt Onalfo: Uganda 2006
    • Jeff Pill: El Salvador 2008
    • Tim Sahaydak: Indonesia 2015
    • Tony Sanneh: Cyprus 2010, Malaysia 2012, Ethiopia 2012, Bangladesh 2014, Bolivia 2014
    • Juergen Sommer: Ivory Coast 2010
    • Phil Wheddon: Bahrain 2006

    Women's Soccer

    • Cheryl Bailey: Malaysia 2012
    • Lisa Berg: Venezuela 2016
    • Brandi Chastain: Brazil 2013
    • Amanda Cromwell: Bolivia 2009, Germany 2011, Argentina 2012, Costa Rica 2013, Morocco 2015
    • Marian Dalmy: Morocco 2012
    • Tina Ellertson: Guatemala 2014
    • Jill Ellis: Liberia 2016
    • Lorrie Fair: Morocco 2008, Paraguay 2010, Venezuela 2012, Afghanistan 2012, Iraq 2013, Burma 2014, Nepal 2016
    • Julie Foudy: Brazil 2013
    • Lesle Gallimore: Morocco 2012, Ethiopia 2016
    • Monica Gonzalez: Guatemala 2015
    • Lauren Gregg: Nigeria 2006, 2008, Argentina 2012
    • Linda Hamilton: Philippines 2007, Ivory Coast 2010, Brazil 2011, Brazil 2011, Chile 2013, Bangladesh 2014, China 2016, Malaysia 2015
    • Ashlyn Harris: Liberia 2016
    • Mary Harvey: Iraq 2013, Jordan 2014, Canada 2015, Egypt and Jordan 2015, Jordan 2016
    • Angela Hucles: Morocco 2012
    • Lori Lindsey: Canada 2015, New Zealand & Samoa 2015, Egypt and Jordan 2015, Venezuela 2016
    • Johanna Lohman: Thailand 2015
    • Shannon MacMillan: South Africa 2006, Guatemala 2011
    • Kate Markgraf: Peru 2014
    • Siri Mullinix: Venezuela 2012, Costa Rica 2013
    • Tracy Noonan: Guatemala 2011, Costa Rica 2013, Fiji and Tonga 2015, Nepal 2016
    • Cindy Parlow: Bahrain 2006, El Salvador 2008, Azerbaijan 2010
    • Tiffany Roberts-Sahaydak: Uganda 2006, Philippines 2007, Thailand 2010, Brazil 2011, Brazil 2014, Indonesia 2015
    • Briana Scurry: Germany 2011
    • Danielle Slaton: Paraguay 2010, Malaysia 2012, Jordan 2014
    • Kate Sobrero Markgraf: Ethiopia 2012, Chile 2013
    • Zola Solamente: Bolivia 2014, Senegal 2016, Netherlands 2016, Jordan 2016
    • Sasha Victorine: Cyprus 2010
    • Staci Wilson: Peru 2014, Senegal 2016

    Softball

    • Jessica Mendoza: Nicaragua 2013, Panama 2015
    • Ruby Rojas: Nicaragua 2013, Colombia & Venezuela 2015
    • Natasha Watley: India 2013, Mexico 2014

    Special Olympics Swimming

    • Denis Crean: Egypt 2013
    • Kester Edwards: Egypt 2013
    • Alice Moat: Egypt 2013
    • Gail Morning: Egypt 2013

    Wheelchair Tennis

    • Dan James: Bulgaria 2015
    • Kari Korb: Bulgaria 2015, Romania & Hungary 2015
    • David Wagner: Canada 2015
    • Paul Walker: Russia & Hungary 2015

    Track and Field

    • Allyson Felix: Brazil 2014
    • Joshua George (Para-athletics): Brazil 2014
    • Jackie Joyner-Kersee: Palestinian Authority 2014
    • John Register (Para-athletics): Uzbekistan 2016
    • Le Ron Sams: Palestinian Authority 2014

    Triathlon

    • Barry Siff: Benin 2016

    Volleyball

    • Valerie Armstrong: China 2013
    • Barbara Chilcoat: Bolivia 2010
    • Ashley Dean: Brazil 2008
    • Bill Doyle: Moldova 2016
    • Michelle Goodall: Philippines 2015
    • Linda Gomez: Moldova 2016
    • Erikka Gulbranson: Brazil 2008
    • Eric Hodgson: Philippines 2015
    • Penny Lucas-White: China 2013
    • John Kessel: Bolivia 2010
    • Misty May-Treanor: Russia 2010
    • Butch May: Zambia 2010
    • Michelle Osunbor: China 2013
    • Jill Stephens: Zambia 2010

    Wrestling

    Twenty American wrestlers and coaches, representing the US Wrestling Federation were sent to Iran in January 2007 to compete in the "Takhti Cup."

    In their own words

    Tracy Murray plays ball.
    Tracy M. Participant Athletes and Coaches Western Hemisphere Sports Envoy Program Europe and Eurasia Read the story