Sports Diplomacy

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WHAT IS SPORTS DIPLOMACY?

Sports Diplomacy embraces universal passion for sports as a way to transcend linguistic and sociocultural differences and bring people together, while also recognizing the potential of sport to create positive impacts through teaching leadership, teamwork, and communication skills that benefit young people in the U.S. and abroad in all areas of their lives. It has emerged as an integral part of efforts to build ever-strengthening relations between the United States and other nations.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Each of our Sports Diplomacy exchanges has a theme related to Sport for Social Change, which is identified in collaboration with an in-country partner organization and the U.S. Embassy or Embassies. Typically, a delegation from the U.S. travels to the Latin American country for 7-14 days, and within the year, a group from the Latin American country or countries travels to the U.S. for 14 days. This format uses the connection of sport to promote dialogue and enhance cultural understanding among countries.

WHAT IS THE IMPACT?

These multi-country, multi-cultural exchanges are designed to equip a new generation of athletes and sports professionals in the U.S. and Latin America with skills to use sport as a tool to bolster cooperation, tolerance and respect for people from different backgrounds. The program offers opportunities for two-way cultural learning, while also providing space to build networks among professionals and peers. 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.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

The Mansfield Center will implement two upcoming exchanges, with dates and details to be announced. 

Chile 2023 — Details forthcoming 

Honduras 2024 — Building Youth Capacity through Soccer  

We are seeking partner organizations to implement sports exchanges in the Dominican Republic and Ecuador in 2022-2023! 

Ecuador 2023 — Promoting Inclusivity and Mentoring Underserved Youth through Baseball/Softball  

Dominican Republic 2023-24 — Details forthcoming  

CONTACT

For more information, contact program manager Heidi Blair.

PAST PROGRAMS

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras—At-Risk Youth Engagement through Basketball  

Peru—Women’s Empowerment and Building Female Soccer

Colombia—Social Inclusion and Reconciliation through Baseball and Softball

Mexico—Engaging At-Risk Youth through Soccer