The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced today that former Women’s National Soccer Team players Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak and Linda Hamilton will travel to Brazil June 27 through July 1, 2011. While in Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, they will conduct soccer clinics, meet with students participating in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ English Access Microscholarship Program, and participate in community events in underserved areas. Sahaydak and Hamilton will also conduct a clinic for 60 boys and girls from Cidade de Deus who met with President Obama during his visit to Brazil in March.
On June 6th, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton launched the Women's World Cup Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through Sports initiative, with an event at the Department of State for members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, female youth soccer players from around the world, Olympic medalists, professional athletes, and other leaders from the world of sports.
Sports exchanges build on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vision of “smart power” diplomacy, which embraces the use of a full range of diplomatic tools to bring people together and foster greater understanding among people and cultures.
SportsUnited is the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ premier sports exchange program at the U.S. Department of State. Athletes and coaches in various sports are chosen to conduct clinics, visit schools, and engage youth overseas in a dialogue on the importance of an education, positive health practices, and respect for diversity. Since 2003, SportsUnited has brought more than 700 athletes from 51 countries to the U.S. to participate in Sports Visitor programs. Since 2005, SportsUnited has sent more than 131 U.S. athletes to 42 countries to participate in Sports Envoy programs.
For more information, contact Talley Sergent of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, at SergentRT@state.gov.