U.S. Department of State Announces First Sports Visitors Program with Turkey

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 26, 2013

The U.S. Department of State welcomes today our first State Department sponsored sports visitors delegation from Turkey to the United States. From June 27-July 9, 2013, eight wheelchair basketball athletes and four coaches will participate in activities on inclusion and equality for persons with disabilities.

While in Washington DC, the Turkish athletes will play wheelchair basketball with American student athletes at local schools and organizations, including George Mason University and MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH). The athletes will then travel to the University of Illinois-Urbana for intensive wheelchair basketball clinics, and team building and conflict resolution activities. They also learn about disability sports culture in the United States.

This Sports Visitors program supports the U.S. Department of State’s global promotion and practices that respect diversity regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, race, sexual orientation, or disability; and recognition that persons with disabilities have the same rights as non-disabled persons and must be provided access, opportunity, inclusion, and full participation on an equal basis with others.

To learn more about the U.S. Department of State’s sports diplomacy programs, please visit:http://eca.state.gov/programs-initiatives/sports-diplomacy.

For more information, please contact of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at ECA-Press@state.gov.

PRN: 2013/0806