A surfing coach assists a student with disabilities in an adaptive surfing clinic organized by 2019 Global Sports Mentoring Program Sport for Community alumnus Daniel Gomez De la Vega in the state of Nayarit, Mexico, May 2021. Photo courtesy of Daniel Gomez De la Vega

Advancing capacity and infrastructure development for Mexico’s adaptive sports

By Young Lee and Alejandro Barron The Mexican constitution guarantees access to physical activity and sports for all people, but adaptive sports have been historically underfunded. Nevertheless, Mexico has consistently outperformed expectations at the Summer...
The main building of the Organization of American States is located on the corner of 17th Street NW and Constitution Avenue in Washington. Photo by Luis A Jimenez

U.S. Mission to the Organization of American States

By Sarah Galbenski  For Foreign Service officers wanting to serve at a United States embassy while still living in Washington, the U.S. Mission to the Organization of American States (OAS) is an ideal post. The U.S. Mission is the only one of...
Olympic Gold Medalist sprinter DeeDee Trotter in Japan, 2020. Photo courtesy of Embassy Tokyo

Sports Diplomacy Division

Opening photo: Olympic Gold Medalist sprinter DeeDee Trotter in Japan, February 2020. Photo courtesy of Embassy Tokyo By Jay Aprea, Matthew Ferner, Kalisha Holmes, Ashleigh Huffman, PhD., Ryan Murphy, and Caleb Seamon The Sports Diplomacy Division’s programs...
SafeCommuniTT participants and mentors finish a homework assistance segment. Photo by Jonathan “Jono” Hirst.

Youth sports program in Trinidad and Tobago promotes safe community

By Vanessa Thomas-Myers Embassy Port of Spain faced a chilling reality in 2018: approximately 130 nationals of Trinidad and Tobago had embraced violent radicalization and left the country to engage in terrorist activities with ISIS,...

Securing the Games

Opening photos: The official opening of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the Tokyo National Stadium, July 23, 2021. Photo by A. Ricardo By Angelica Harrison After a year’s delay and with strict new protocols in place...
The “She Plays Football” program, organized by LEAD Africa and Embassy Rabat’s public affairs section, included 12 Moroccan female coaches and 60 female high school students. Photo by Khalid Allaoui

Soccer coach empowers Moroccan girls

By Steve Weeks Jill Ellis, former head coach of the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team (and the winningest coach in U.S. soccer history), visited Morocco to promote leadership, teamwork, and communication skills among young women,...

Department of State and NFL leaders discuss diversity and inclusion

The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and the Secretary’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a discussion between Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, the Department of State’s chief diversity and inclusion officer...

Mental Fitness

By Young Hoang “My mental is not there,” were the words of USA Olympic gymnast Simone Biles before withdrawing from the team final competition, July 28, in Tokyo. Being part of a team, whether on...
From left: Staff Sgt. José Mireles, Staff Sgt. Dwight Patterson, 1st Sgt. Daniel Best, Staff Sgt. Devin Valleroy, and Sgt. Hector Ontiveros during the filming of the “Train Like a Marine” series on Embassy Bogota’s campus. Photo by Juan Sebastian Silva

Embassy Bogota invites locked-down Colombians to “Train Like a Marine”

By Danna Van Brandt and Laura Lopez In June 2020, as the whole world was struggling to adjust to life at home due to the pandemic lockdown, Colombian audiences sought ways to stay connected and...

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