Sports Diplomacy: Sport for Social Change
Sports Diplomacy Exchanges
The Mansfield Center will host and oversee four international exchanges between the summer of 2018, and the end of 2019. These exchanges will engage students and professionals from across the United States, Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras), Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. Now seeking partner organizations to implement sports exchanges in Colombia and Mexico!
Central America Exchange - Hosted by the Mansfield Center in Missoula, MT, this exchange will allow twenty Montana participants to travel Central America for eight days, and allow Central American participants to travel to Montana the following year.
Peru Exchange - Hosted by the Mansfield Center in Missoula, MT, this exchange will allow twenty Montana participants to travel to Peru for eight days, and allow Peruvian participants to travel to Montana later that summer. Applications for this exchange will be available in Fall 2019.
Colombia Exchange - Overseen by the Mansfield Center, this exchange allows for a sub-award partner to host, manage, and implement the program. Participant requirements and eligibility are set by the partner organization. This exchange allows for twenty American participants to travel to Colombia for eight days, and allow twenty-two Colombian participants to travel to the United States for thirteen days.
Mexico Exchange - Overseen by the Mansfield Center, this exchange allows for a sub-award partner to host, manage, and implement the program. Participant requirements and eligibility are set by the partner organization. This exchange, occurring in 2019, allows for twenty-two American participants to travel to Mexico for eight days, and twenty-four Mexican participants to travel to the United States for thirteen days.
For more details on the exchanges, visit the country specific pages. For questions about this program or these exchanges, please email Kelsey Stamm Jimenez or call 406-243-2838.
What is Sports Diplomacy?
Sports Diplomacy has emerged as an integral part of efforts to build ever-strengthening relations between the United States and other nations. Sports diplomacy uses the universal passion for sports as a way to transcend linguistic and sociocultural differences and bring people together. Participation in sports teaches leadership, teamwork, and communication skills that help young people succeed in all areas of their lives.
Sports diplomacy exchanges increase dialogue and cultural understanding between people around the world. The use of sports as a platform exposes international exchange participants to American culture while providing them with an opportunity to establish links with U.S. sports professionals and peers. In turn, Americans learn about other cultures and the challenges young people from other countries face today. Sports diplomacy exchanges have involved tens of thousands of people from more than 100 countries to do just this.
How Does it Work?
This Sports Diplomacy program is a multi-country exchange designed to equip a new, more inclusive generation of athletes and sports professionals in the Latin America region with the skills to use sports as a way to enhance cooperation, tolerance and respect for people from different backgrounds. With a focus on underserved youth and their coaches and sports administrators, these exchanges are a part of the U.S. government’s efforts to reach out to youth populations in order to promote growth and stable democratic governments and to remove barriers and create a world in which people with disabilities and at-risk populations enjoy dignity and full inclusion.