Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports: U.S. Department of State Announces Sports Exchange for Egyptian Soccer Coaches

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 7, 2012

Recognizing the role coaches play in empowering women and girls through sports, the U.S. Department of State announced today a soccer exchange program that will bring 11 Egyptian soccer coaches to the United States May 9-21, 2012, to work alongside their American counterparts. In partnership with D.C. United, and its charitable organization United for D.C., the Egyptian delegation will participate in trainings and workshops with American athletes; meetings with U.S. sports professionals; and clinics on coaching, sports administration, women’s empowerment through sports, Title IX, conflict resolution, and disability sports.

On Friday, May 11, the Egyptian delegation will participate in a United Soccer Club training where they will work with youth from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Barry Farm Parks and Recreation Center, which is located at 1230 Sumner Road, SE, Washington, D.C. Media interested in covering this training should contact: Kyle Sheldon at KSheldon@DCUnited.com; Ryan Tronovitch at RTronovitch@DCUnited.Com; or Nicolas Fernandez at NFernandez@DCUnited.com.

These Sports Visitors are a key component of the Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports Initiative, which aims to increase the number of women and girls worldwide who are involved in sports. Click here to learn more.

Under this new initiative, the Department is mobilizing all of its international sports programming, from Sports Envoys traveling overseas to Sports Visitors traveling to the United States, to increase the number of women and girls worldwide who are involved in sports. A cornerstone of this initiative is the creation of a new sports mentorship program that will connect women and girls from across the globe with their American counterparts. Click here to learn more.

In addition, this exchange builds on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vision of “smart power,” which embraces the full range of diplomatic tools – in this case the game of soccer – to bring people together to foster greater understanding.

Through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ SportsUnited Division, the U.S. Department of State conducts sports exchange programs to engage youth worldwide. Sports Visitors are youth and coaches who travel to the United States for an exchange. Sports Visitor programs give young people an opportunity to discover how success in athletics can be translated into the development of life skills and achievement in the classroom. Since 2003, SportsUnited has brought more than 900 young athletes from more than 50 countries to the United States to participate in Sports Visitor programs.

For more information, contact Talley Sergent at SergentRT@state.gov.

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