The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ SportsUnited Office leads the U.S. Department of State’s international exchange efforts to bring the global community together through sports.
Using lessons learned on and off the playing field, SportsUnited focuses on empowering young people and underserved populations. Building on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vision of “smart power diplomacy,” which uses the full range of diplomatic tools—in this case sports—SportsUnited advances the United States’ foreign policy goals through international exchanges that foster mutual understanding.
SportsUnited engages people from around the world in three key ways: the Sports Envoy program, the Sports Visitors program, and Sports Grants that focus on empowering athletes with disabilities and underserved youth.
Since 2002, SportsUnited has awarded more than 80 grants for programs conducted around the world. In addition, SportsUnited partners with professional sports leagues, the U.S. Olympic Committee, and the National Sports Federations on youth-focused programming in sports ranging from baseball, basketball and volleyball to ice hockey, soccer, and swimming.
SportsUnited initiatives highlight the importance of teamwork, self confidence, hard work, and respect for others. For more information, please log on to the website of the Department of State’s SportsUnited Office at https://exchanges.state.gov/sports.