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Sports Diplomacy

Sports Diplomacy is an integral part of efforts to build ever-strengthening relations between the United States and other nations. Sports diplomacy uses the universal passion for sports as a way to transcend linguistic and sociocultural differences and bring people together. Participation in sports teaches leadership, teamwork, and communication skills that help people and communities succeed in all areas.

In addition to the Sports Envoy and Sports Visitor Programs, the Sports Diplomacy Division implements the International Sports Programming Initiative and the Global Sports Mentoring Program

The Sports Diplomacy Division has involved thousands of people from over 100 countries in sports exchanges across the Division’s four programs.


  • ECA

    As mandated by the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) works to build friendly, peaceful relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges, as well as public -private partnerships.

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  • U.S. Embassies and Consulates

    U.S. Embassies and Consulates propose programs that address foreign policy goals and mission priorities. U.S. Embassies and Consulates recruit and select participants for each exchange.

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  • FHI360

    FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways. ECA has partnered with FHI 360 Global Connections to deliver impactful programming for our Sports Envoy and Sports Visitor program. Global Connections is a department of FHI 360 that works to develop high-level, innovative international exchange programs for emerging leaders from around the globe and across a wide range of disciplines and sectors; including sports programs.

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  • Sport for Development and Peace Community

    The Sports Visitor program relies on the expertise, commitment, and generosity of national and community-based U.S. organizations; professional and amateur federations, leagues, and teams; U.S. secondary and higher educational institutions, as well as citizen experts and diplomats across the country.

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