Sports Envoy
Sports Envoy Program

Ryan Patton

Volleyball

Served as envoy

  • 2024  –  Turkey

Ryan Patton is currently the head women’s volleyball coach at Mercyhurst University, in a career that boasts over 350 wins, the men’s 1998 Division III National Championship at Juniata College, the Mercyhurst women’s first four NCAA Division II National Tournament appearances, and multiple coach of the year honors In 2024, he guided the Tool City VBC boys to the AAU 18 & under national title. Patton has served on volleyball executive boards and as a clinician for both the the American and Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Associations.

Jenell Patton

Volleyball

Served as envoy

  • 2024  –  Turkey

Jenell Patton is the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the women’s Mercyhurst University volleyball program for fifteen years. She assisted the team to two NCAA tournament appearances. In the summer of 2024, she served on the staff of the Tool City VBC where they won the AAU 18 and under club national championship. Prior to coaching, she was the Sports Information Director for the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association for men’s volleyball. In this role, she received the Grant Berger Media Award.

Carli Lloyd

Soccer

Served as envoy

  • 2024  –  Greece

Two-time Olympic gold medalist, two-time World Cup champion, and New York Times bestselling author Carli Lloyd is an iconic American soccer star heralded for her contribution to U.S. and world soccer history. Lloyd is the two-time recipient of the highest, most prestigious award in soccer: FIFA World Player of the Year. She played for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team for 17 years (2005-2021). Lloyd is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a bronze medalist. She is the only American player to score in four different Olympics and holds the record for All-time leading scorer in USWNT Olympic history with 10 goals. She also competed in four Women’s World Cup tournaments and is a two-time World Cup Champion. She became the first player in FIFA Women’s World Cup to score a hat trick in a World Cup final. She was awarded the Golden Ball (MVP) and Silver Boot at the 2015 World Cup. Carli has played in more World Cup (25) and Olympic matches (22) than any other USWNT player. She has scored 134 goals across in 316 games, ranking 3rd of all-time for men and women internationally. Carli currently runs her own CL10 Soccer Clinics. She is also a minority owner in her prior NWSL club, Gotham FC, making a splash in investing, entrepreneurship, and team ownership. Her own grit was proved yet again while winning FOX’s Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test, proving toughness is a mindset. Lloyd’s career has been marked by consistent production over the course of her career, her extreme dedication to the game, and her relentless pursuit of self-improvement.

Radovan Pletka

Soccer

Served as envoy

  • 2024  –  Portugal

Former Collegiate Player for George Mason University
Former Professional Player in Greece for Halkinoda FC
Current Director of Player Development and Pathways for Great Falls Reston Soccer Club/NVA

Amelia Brodka

Skateboarding

Served as envoy

  • 2024  –  France

Brodka is the first Polish Olympic Skateboarder, two-time European Park Skateboarding Champion & an analyst for X Games & Paris 2024. Brodka created award-winning documentary Underexposed: A Women’s Skateboarding Documentary, which addressed gender disparities within the sport. In 2012, Brodka cofounded Exposure Skate, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering women, trans & nonbinary individuals through skateboarding & teaching compassion through service. Brodka serves as Executive Director of the nonprofit which runs year-round programs, camps, events, and scholarships for girls & nonbinary skaters.

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.