From February 8-18, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will bring 12 female sitting volleyball players from Mongolia to the United States for an international disability sports exchange. This program builds on the Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative and the United States’ global commitment to advance the rights of women and promote inclusion.
The program will take place in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the training site of the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Sitting Volleyball teams. During their time in Oklahoma, the athletes will participate in clinics with their American counterparts and receive training from U.S. Paralympic coaches and collegiate athletes with disabilities at sporting facilities for Paralympians. They will also participate in Paralympic rowing, join in a service project, and visit the Limbs for Life Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to provide high-tech prosthetic devices to people who could not afford them otherwise.
During the exchange, the visiting athletes will share their experiences as women living with disabilities with their American peers. Sessions will include discussions on health, teamwork, and the opportunities sports can provide.
The lessons of disability rights statutes and Title IX, the federal law regarding gender equality at schools, will serve as a theme throughout the program. The Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative aims to increase the number of women and girls involved in sports. The Initiative comprises three pillars: sports envoys (American athletes who travel overseas); sports visitors (youth athletes and coaches who travel to the United States); and the U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program.
For more information, please contact of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at ECA-Press@state.gov.