International Sports Program Initiative (ISPI)

The International Sports Programming Initiative (ISPI) is an annual open competition that allows U.S. public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) to submit proposals for exchange projects designed to reach underserved youth and/or their coaches/sports administrators who manage youth sports programs.

The International Sports Programming Initiative uses sports to help underserved youth around the world develop important leadership skills, achieve academic success, promote tolerance and respect for diversity, and positively contribute to their home and host communities. Sports Diplomacy programs are an important tool for advancing U.S. foreign policy goals through interaction with hard-to-reach groups such as at-risk youth, women, minorities, people with disabilities, and non-English speakers.

Corporate Partners
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Indiana University (2017 Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Cooperative Agreement)

Indiana University, in partnership with the University of New Hampshire and the University of Arkansas, as well as in-country partners overseas, will conduct a total of four two-way exchanges in Liberia, Malawi, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Zambia. The Indiana University programs will focus on the themes of health and wellness; adaptive sports programming; gender equality; and community-based sports programs.

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Project Harmony (2017 Europe and Eurasia Regional Cooperative Agreement)

Project Harmony, in partnership with Coaches Across Continents and The Basketball Embassy, as well as in-country partners overseas, will conduct a total of four two-way exchanges in Kosovo, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine. The Project Harmony programs will focus on the themes of inspiring, strengthening, and mentoring youth athletes and coaches to be leaders in their teams, schools, and communities; gender equality; and community-based sports programs.

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University of Montana (2017 Western Hemisphere Regional Cooperative Agreement)

The University of Montana, in partnership with Project Beisbol and West Virginia University, as well as in-country partners overseas, will conduct a total of four two-way exchanges in Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Peru. The University of Montana programs will focus on the themes of providing youth alternates to crime and violence; gender equality; empowering at-risk youth in vulnerable communities; and community-based sports programs.

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World Learning (2018 Sub-Saharan Africa and Near East and North Africa Regional Cooperative Agreement)

World Learning, in partnership with Athletes for Hope, The Basketball Embassy, and two additional subaward organizations to be determined, as well as in-country partners overseas, will conduct a total of six two-way exchanges in Sub-Saharan Africa (Cote d'Ivoire, Tanzania, and Namibia) and Near East and North Africa (Jordan, Qatar, and Tunisia). The World Learning programs will focus on the themes of health and wellness; conflict resolution; entrepreneurship; gender equality; and inclusion.

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Project Harmony (2018 Europe and Eurasia and South and Central Asia Regional Cooperative Agreement)

Project Harmony, in partnership with USA Fencing and three subaward organizations to be determined, as well as in-country partners overseas, will conduct a total of six two-way exchanges in Europe and Eurasia (Croatia, Georgia, Russia, and Serbia) and South and Central Asia (India, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan). The Project Harmony programs will focus on the themes of inspiring, strengthening, and mentoring youth athletes and coaches to be leaders in their teams, schools, and communities; gender equality; and community-based sports programs.

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Women Win Foundation (2018 East Asia and the Pacific and Western Hemisphere Regional Cooperative Agreement)

Women Win Foundation, in partnership with Coaches Across Continents, Girls Rugby, Inc., Queens University of Charlotte, and WorldChicago, as well as in-country partners overseas, will conduct a total of six two-way exchanges in East Asia and the Pacific (Burma, Laos, and Vietnam) and Western Hemisphere (Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and Nicaragua). The Women Win Foundation programs will focus on the themes of youth development; leadership; conflict resolution; health and wellness; gender equality; and social inclusion for marginalized populations.

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Project Harmony (2019 Europe and Eurasia Regional Cooperative Agreement)

Project Harmony, in partnership with three subaward organizations to be determined, as well as in-country partners overseas, will conduct a total of five two-way exchanges in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia, North Macedonia, and Ukraine. The Project Harmony programs will focus on the themes of inspiring, strengthening, and mentoring youth athletes and coaches to be leaders in their teams, schools, and communities; gender equality; disability sports; and community-based sports programs.

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University of Montana (2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Cooperative Agreement)

The University of Montana, in partnership with three subaward organizations to be determined, as well as in-country partners overseas, will conduct a total of five two-way exchanges in Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Paraguay. The University of Montana programs will focus on the themes of providing youth alternates to crime and violence; gender equality; empowering at-risk youth in vulnerable communities; and community-based sports programs.

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World Learning (2019 Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Cooperative Agreement)

World Learning, in partnership with three subaward organizations to be determined, as well as in-country partners overseas, will conduct a total of five two-way exchanges in Botswana, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The World Learning programs will focus on the themes of health and wellness; conflict resolution; disability sports; entrepreneurship; gender equality; and inclusion.

4,400
Foreign and American participants
Have been involved in the two-way International Sports Programming Initiative since 2002.
85
Countries around the world.
ISPI two-way exchanges have taken place on every continent (except Antarctica)
Since 2016
16 ISPI partner organizations worked with 42 subaward organizations
in the implementation of two-way exchanges around the world.
41
states, plus the District of Columbia, since 2002.
ISPI two-way exchanges have taken place
In 2020-2021
ISPI partners
have implemented 25+ virtual exchanges for 2,000+ Foreign and American participants around the world.