U.S. Department of State Announces U.S.-Indonesia Soccer Exchange Program

Media Note
Washington, DC
June 17, 2011

Building on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vision of empowering women and girls through sports, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural announced today a grant that brings 15 Indonesian female soccer players (ages 15 – 18), three coaches, and one administrator to the United States June 13 – 22 to build relationships with U.S. youth players and coaches. The group will visit the Nike campus in Portland, Oregon on Monday, June 20, where they will meet top female athletes and business leaders. The group will also meet and practice with local high school students in San Francisco, California, and Portland, Oregon.

This sports exchange program is an initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ SportsUnited Office at the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the International Center Sports Corp Division, to further improve understanding between the people of Indonesia and the people of the United States. The two-way exchange, which began in January 2011 when four U.S. soccer coaches traveled to Indonesia to conduct clinics with Indonesian youth, allows participants to gain a broader understanding of the cultures and sports traditions in both countries.

On June 6, Secretary Clinton kicked-off the Women’s World Cup Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports, which seeks to harness the power of sports and international exchanges as a means to empower women and girls worldwide.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ SportsUnited Office leads the U.S. Department of State’s international exchange efforts to bring the global community together through sports. Under its International Sports Programming Initiative, public and private U.S. based non-profit organizations, 501(c)(3), may submit proposals to address one of four themes: Youth Sports Management, Training Sports Coaches, Sport and Disability, and Sport and Health. Since 2002, the office has awarded more than 80 grants to U.S. non-profits to conduct programs in 43 countries around the world.

For more information, contact Talley Sergent of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, at SergentRT@state.gov.

PRN: 2011/980