Sports Diplomacy: Sport for Social Change

Sports Diplomacy Exchanges

The Mansfield Center will host and oversee five international exchanges between the summer of 2020, and the end of 2022. These exchanges will engage students and professionals from across the United States, Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras), Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Paraguay.

This website hosts applications to the programs, as well as information on how to become a partner organization to implement sports exchanges in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, or Paraguay.

Central America Exchange - Hosted by the Mansfield Center in Missoula, MT, this exchange will engage 12 Montana participants, youth and adults, for 14 days in Honduras, with a focus on building youth capacity through basketball. During the reciprocal exchange, 12 Central American participants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras will visit Montana in April 2021 for two weeksSports Diplomacy BBall

Visit the Central America exchange website to learn more and apply. Applications are open now, from March 1 – April 28, 2020.

Chile Exchange - Hosted by the Mansfield Center in Missoula, MT, this exchange will engage 12 Montana participants, youth and adults, to travel to Chile for 14 days in 2021. During the reciprocal exchange, 12 Chilean participants will travel to Montana at a later date.

This website will be updated soon with more details, including application and participation dates.

Dominican Republic 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 12 American participants to travel to the Dominican Republic for 14 days, and allow 12 Dominican participants to travel to the United States for 14 days.

This website will be updated soon with more details, including program information and how to apply to host this program.

Ecuador 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 12 American participants to travel to Ecuador for 14 days, and allow 12 Ecuadorian participants to travel to the United States for 14 days.

This website will be updated soon with more details, including program information and how to apply to host this program.

Paraguay 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 12 American participants to travel to Paraguay for 14 days, and allow 12 Paraguay participants to travel to the United States for 14 days.

This website will be updated soon with more details, including program information and how to apply to host this program.

For questions about this these exchanges, please email Heidi Blair or call 406-243-2989.

What is Sports Diplomacy?

Sports DiplomPhoto of a female Chinese student running with yellow streamers trailing behind her.acy 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.