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.

Ileana Rodriguez

Swimming (para)

Served as envoy

  • 2023  –  Virtual

Ileana Rodriguez is a Paralympic swimmer and former member of the USA Team for the London 2012 Games.

Ileana Rodriguez is the Principal at I Design Access, LLC, and an international architectural design consultant for major infrastructure projects focusing on inclusive design. Ileana’s experience comes from working for clients such as the International Paralympic Committee, national sports organizations, and various architecture firms. Ileana has been involved as a consultant to oversee different sizes of projects from Olympic/Paralympic Stadiums and airports to smaller sports facilities, hotels, and temporary infrastructure. The projects have taken place in Europe, Asia, and The Americas.

The work Ileana does in the field of accessibility has greatly helped to create a more inclusive built environment in the world of major sporting events. The ENR Magazine recognized Ileana as one of the top 25 Newsmakers in the industry due to her contributions to the field.
Ileana has served as the Americas Paralympic Committee Athlete Representative for the past two terms since 2015. Ileana’s commitment and belief in the importance that sport plays in communities has led her to be one of the 18th members of the LA28 Athlete Commission. Ileana has a special interest in serving in her community and the importance of accessibility and architecture as she served as a Commissioner for the Houston Planning and Houston Airport Commissions.

Chris Mosier

Triathalon

Served as envoy

  • 2023  –  Mexico

Chris Mosier is a trailblazing hall of fame triathlete, All-American duathlete, and a 6-time member of Team USA. In 2015 he became the first known transgender man to represent the United States in international competition, and was the catalyst for change for the International Olympic Committee policy on transgender athletes. He is also a 2x National Champion and the first transgender athlete to compete in the Olympic Trials in any sport in a category different than their sex assigned at birth.

In 2016, he was sponsored by Nike and featured in his own Nike commercial which debuted on prime time during the Rio Olympics. Chris was the first trans athlete featured in the ESPN Body Issue.

Chris is known as the go-to source for policy and information on transgender people in sport. In 2013, Chris created the site transathlete.com, a resource for students, athletes, coaches, and administrators to find information about trans inclusion in athletics at various levels of play. He has mentored transgender athletes around the globe, from high school and recreational to the professional levels, and helped teams, leagues, and professional sports leagues create gender-inclusive policies.

Sylvia Fowles

Basketball

Served as envoy

  • 2023  –  Ethiopia

Sylvia Fowles, or “Mama Syl,” as she is endeared by many, is a WNBA MVP, 2x WNBA Champion and Finals MVP, 4x Defensive Player of the Year, 8x WNBA All Star, 4x Olympic Gold Medalist, and icon; she owns the record for the first goaltending call in the WNBA and First Dunk by a woman in international competition, as well as a lengthy list of athletic accolades. But post-2022 retirement, she continues to pour into extracurricular passions and philanthropy.

Sylvia Fowles is one of the game’s All-Time Great centers, well known for her warmth and heart. Loved and respected by all, she is a study in opposites – a balance of intensity on the court with an easygoing and fun-loving personality off of it. She is an avid outdoorswoman and plant lover, as well as a mortuary scientist who can sew, cook, draw, and play the saxophone. A true renaissance woman, she works hard to support the youth and families in the communities she loves—a mark of her giving heart and lasting legacy.

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.

Willie Banks

Track & Field

Served as envoy

  • 2023  –  Virtual

Willie Banks is President of HSJ, Incorporated, a sports management and consulting firm that specializes in marketing and networking between the US and Japan. HSJ, Inc. provides its clients with value-added skills and experience for events and sports organizations. With vast, sports experience, industry knowledge and operational skills for sports businesses, HSJ, Inc. and its network help businesses and individuals implement new programs, develop strategic planning, and create fresh marketing tools.

For many years Willie has assisted cities bidding for international events like the Olympic Games. He has served as the Deputy Executive Director for the 1994 World Cup of soccer and the Director of Athlete Services for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Village. He is famous throughout the world and has represented his country in many ways. Taking note of Willie’s international popularity and outstanding personal character and leadership qualities, Time Magazine once dubbed him “The United States’ ambassador of track and field”.

Though Willie is a former world record holder and Olympian, much of his fame comes from his innovative approach to sports. Willie entertained the crowd and in response the spectators rhythmically clapped while he ran down the runway for his jump. It became so popular that it set a tradition that is mimicked throughout the world to this day. In fact, in Finland they call it “the Banks”!

Willie continues to participate in athletics and has set several age group world and national records in the triple jump and the high jump. He is an avid Zumba dance fitness enthusiast and loves to work with kids through his World Record Camps program.

Willie is a leader. He currently sits on the World Athletics Council, the international federation for Athletics (Track and Field). He is a past President of the US Olympians. He sits on the Board of Director of the USATF, and the USATF Foundation. He is the former Vice President of The Athletics Congress (TAC) 1986-89, 1988 Olympic Team Captain, former USATF Alumni President and past chairman of the Athletes Advisory Committee. While working on the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games the Martin Luther King, Jr. Women’s Association awarded Willie with their “Drum Major for Justice” award given to that individual who exemplifies a positive leadership image.

Colleen Callahan

Swimming

Served as envoy

  • 2023  –  Sri Lanka

Originally from Ventnor City, New Jersey. Swimming has been my passion since the age of 4, leading me to compete as a Division 1 swimmer at the University of Tennessee, where I majored in Nutrition Sciences. Later, I pursued a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Emerson College in Boston, MA. While living in Boston, I also ran the Boston Marathon! For 4 years, I worked as a speech language pathologist before transitioning to my current role, managing a renewal sales team at a tech startup. Currently, I reside in Denver, Colorado.

Alex Cleveland

Swimming

Served as envoy

  • 2023  –  Sri Lanka

Alex Cleveland is a swim coach and outdoor educator. She has four years of experience across multiple cultures in coaching and educating, and helps combine water safety with environmental education. She is a lifelong swimmer and swam competitively at the University of Tennessee for four years before moving to Monterey, CA to focus on ocean safety.

Ann Shiraishi

Judo

Served as envoy

  • 2023  –  Benin

Ann Shiraishi, a 3rd degree black belt, began studying judo at the young age of 4. She is a two-time Senior National Champion and represented the United States at 2 World Championships (2010 & 2011). In addition, Ann was the 2008 Olympic Alternate in Beijing & was selected as a training partner to accompany the team. After graduating from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Anthropology, Ann began a career in law enforcement. She is currently a Senior Inspector (sworn) at the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office. She, her husband (Joseph) and twins (Jacob & Emma) live in the east bay.