Sports Envoy
Sports Envoy Program

Andrea Samson

Padel

Served as envoy

  • 2023  –  Vatican City

Grew up playing tennis and competed at a junior, high school and D2 collegiate level. Currently lives in Miami and works at a sports marketing agency as Account Manager of two clients that are in the Padel and Women’s Soccer business. Started playing Padel in January of 2022, achieving USA national best ranking of #5 as of now. Played for the USA National Team in the 2022 World Championships in Dubai. Drafted as #1 pick for the Toronto Polar Bears playing at the 2023 Pro Padel League (PPL) inaugural season.

Anderson Good

Padel

Served as envoy

  • 2023  –  Vatican City

Anderson Good has had a long career in the sport of squash. Squash, similar to racquetball, is a racquet sport played on a four walled indoor court and possesses many technical similarities to padel. Anderson began playing padel in 2020, and has really taken to the sport, luckily due to his squash background, he has been able to hit the ground running and play at a high level fairly quickly. Anderson began playing squash in Philadelphia, PA, USA and played on high school teams that placed 2nd nationally in 2010 and 3rd nationally in 2011. After high school, Anderson attended St. Lawrence University (NY) and was a four-year starter and 2014/15 team captain, the 2014/15 team was the national runner-up and remains the most successful team in St. Lawrence Squash history. While at St. Lawrence, Anderson amassed 44 career victories and attained an individual national ranking of 41 in all of intercollegiate squash. After graduating cum laude from St. Lawrence with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications (Honors) and Government, Anderson was hired to be the Assistant Men’s and Women’s Squash coach at George Washington University (GW) in Washington, DC. After coaching 4 All Americans during his four years as assistant coach, he was promoted to Head Men’s and Women’s Squash coach in 2019. During his time at GW and working several squash camps during the summers, Anderson gained valuable experience in leading squash clinics, practices, and other training exercises.

While coaching at GW, Anderson founded the first squash-specific collegiate athletic conference in 2017, called the Mid-Atlantic Squash Conference (MASC). He still serves as Conference Commissioner and organizes all aspects of MASC’s annual Conference Championship event. Some of MASC’s current members are the University of Virginia, Drexel University, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the U.S. Naval Academy, and Georgetown University. Lastly, in 2023 Anderson began playing on the Squash Doubles Association (SDA) Pro Tour, the professional tour for squash doubles.

While at St. Lawrence, Anderson studied the intersection of politics, diplomacy, and sport in a senior thesis paper for his government major. Being able to study the incredible value that sport can have in accomplishing far greater goals is something Anderson truly cherished being able to study and stands as something he still loves to learn about to this day. Additionally, during his time playing at St. Lawrence and coaching at George Washington, his teams’ rosters averaged about 75% international representation from countries like Egypt, Colombia, Kuwait, Canada, Jamaica, Pakistan, and Ireland. These experiences with diverse teams in college squash allowed him to celebrate the value of diversity and how sport serves as a vehicle to learn and grow through interacting with people with these differing backgrounds. Lastly, in 2021, Anderson graduated from the School of Political Management at George Washington University with a Master’s degree in Legislative Affairs, where he continued to study the intersection of sports and state and federal policy making.

Felice Duffy

Soccer

Served as envoy

  • 2023  –  Faroe Islands

Felice Duffy is the founder of Duffy Law, LLC, a nationwide Title IX law firm located in New Haven, CT. The firm represents students, faculty, staff, athletic teams and coaches in all Title IX-related legal and disciplinary actions related to athletics, sexual assault, and employment discrimination, as well as college code of conduct violations. She and her firm have represented clients at over 100 colleges and universities in 36 states. As an undergraduate, she filed a complaint against UCONN under the then-new Title IX statute to compel the creation of its women’s varsity soccer program and went on to be selected to the first Women’s U.S. National Soccer Team. She then served as head coach of the Yale women’s soccer team for a decade while earning her Ph.D. in Education/Sports Psychology from UCONN before attending law school. Upon graduating law school, Attorney Duffy served as law clerk for a federal judge in Connecticut, and then worked as a Litigation Associate at Sullivan and Cromwell LLP in New York. She returned to Connecticut to work in two mid-size firms before becoming an Assistant U.S. Attorney. In addition to 10 years of prosecuting cases in both the Violent Crimes and Major Crimes units, she served as the U.S. Attorney’s Office Outreach Coordinator, where she developed community engagement programs and conducted civil rights-based training for state/local law enforcement, college/university police departments.

Isaiah Austin

Basketball

Served as envoy

  • 2023  –  Serbia

Former McDonald’s All American and Professional basketball player who now works with the NBA in Player Development.

Sunny Choi

Breaking

Served as envoy

  • 2023  –  France

Sunny began breaking during her freshman year in college in Philadelphia. In 2012, she moved to NYC where she began traveling and battling around the world. With 15 years of experience in gymnastics and 15 years in breaking, her achievements include winning silver at the 2022 World Games and also at the 2019 WDSF World Championships as well as being a semifinalist at the 2022 Red Bull BC One World Finals. Always dancing with a smile on her face, she hopes to inspire others to be comfortable expressing themselves through dance.

Jacob Lyons

Breaking

Served as envoy

  • 2023  –  France

Jacob “Kujo” Lyons is a deaf/hard of hearing b-boy, choreographer, teacher, and motivational speaker, based in Los Angeles, California. He has been breaking for over 30 years and is considered a pioneer of a number of movements now accepted as standard breaking vocabulary.

He has judged many of the largest international breaking competitions in the world, has taught at nearly all levels (from street corners in India to universities in Japan), has presented his choreography in international festivals of dance and circus, and has worked with US Embassies in various countries under a variety of US State Department-sponsored programs.

He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology, and his knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and fundamental human movement permeate his classes and workshops. Many of these workshops – often in concert with ILL-Abilities Crew – have been geared towards the differently-abled population, in which basic b-boy movements are adapted to fit a wide variety of limitations.

Kujo now serves as the Chair of the Officials Committee in Breaking for Gold USA, the Breaking Division of USA Dance, which is the organization tasked with sending American breakers to the 2024 Olympics in Paris. In this role, Kujo oversees the certification of judges for Olympic-related events, trains the judges, teaches our judging system to athletes and coaches, and aims to uphold the highest standard of conduct and excellence in judging.

Kia Vaughn

Basketball

Served as envoy

  • 2023  –  Czech Republic

Kia Vaughn, newly retired WNBA player. Played 14 seasons in the WNBA. Also played 13 seasons in Europe, where I won a Euroleague title in Prague. Played for Usk Praha for 5 seasons and was also the MVP of that Euroleague title.

Danielle Robinson

Basketball

Served as envoy

  • 2023  –  Czech Republic

Born in San Jose, CA Danielle has enjoyed a lengthy career in both the WNBA and Europe. Heading into her 12th season in the W, she is really looking forward to being a part of the Atlanta Dream and helping the organization continue to grow. She has traveled and played all around the world with Prague being her favorite stop of her time overseas. I’m her 3 years in Prague she won the Euroleague title in 2015, a memory her mom was able to experience with her. She’s so thankful for all that the game has given her and is even more excited to be able to share it with the next generation!

Brett Kurtz

Ice Hockey

Served as envoy

  • 2023  –  Latvia

Brett Kurtz is currently the Senior Manager for Fan Development Marketing for the National Hockey League’s Anaheim Ducks and oversees the award-winning Anaheim Ducks S.C.O.R.E. (Scholastic Curriculum of Recreation & Education) program using the sport of hockey to teach in-class educational initiatives benefiting 50,000 children annually.

Kurtz, originally from Joliet, Illinois developed his passion for the game of hockey playing with his older brothers. He attended the University of Wisconsin on a hockey scholarship where he made two final four appearances with one national championship title.

He received his B.A. in Communication Arts from Wisconsin. After playing professional hockey in Sweden, East Coast and West Coast hockey leagues, he enrolled in graduate school at Loyola Marymount Film School in Los Angeles, California receiving a MFA in Radio, Television, and Film.

After completing his degree, Kurtz embarked on a television and film career both in front and behind the camera working in network television, feature films, and live hockey broadcasts.

During that time, Kurtz continued his connection with hockey by coaching youth hockey development programs and club teams including the Jr. Kings, Jr. Ducks, and Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League.

Kurtz now lives with his family in Orange County, California. He continues to use his background in ice hockey, and knowledge of the film and television industries to encourage and positively effect change in his community.

Molly Schaus

Ice Hockey

Served as envoy

  • 2023  –  Latvia

Molly played goalie on the U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey team from 2008-2015, winning 2 Olympic Silver Medals and 4 IIHF World Championships. She graduated from Boston College in 2011 with a degree in Human Development and was named to the BC Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 2018. She has 10+ years of experience working in youth sports, community engagement, and education, including 5 years with the Anaheim Ducks Fan Development team. She is currently an Athlete Fellow for LA28, the Organizing Committee for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games and a youth hockey coach for the Anaheim Lady Ducks.