U.S.-Sponsored India-Pakistan Girls Soccer Program Promotes Common Interests Through Sports

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 10, 2012

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ SportsUnited Division announces the first India and Pakistan dual country soccer exchange. This Sports Visitor program will bring 18 young female soccer players and two coaches from India and Pakistan to the United States, September 11 - 22. This program marks the third sports exchange with Pakistan and the fourth with India.

Throughout the ten-day program, members of the delegation will share their experiences, learn about the United States through the lens of sports, interact with young American athletes, and meet with U.S. sports professionals. The program will include a series of intensive soccer clinics, conflict resolution workshops, and sessions on disability sports.

The group will meet with officials from D.C. Parks and Recreation for a discussion on sports nutrition and training. The D.C. United Women’s Team will host a clinic for the group and the team’s philanthropic organization, United for D.C., will organize a volunteer activity. The delegation will visit ESPN in Washington, D.C. to learn about the sports media world.

Sports Visitors are youth and coaches who travel to the United States for technical sports training, sports management, and conflict resolution training. 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.

Through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ SportsUnited Division, the U.S. Department of State conducts sports exchange programs to engage youth worldwide. Since 2003, Sports United has brought over 1,000 athletes from over 60 countries to the U.S. to participate in Sport Visitor programs.

For more information, please visit http://exchanges.state.gov/sports/index.html .

Media inquiries: Contact Anna Griffin of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, at GriffinAL@state.gov.

PRN: 2012/1412