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...

The Court Needs Her

Opening photo: The Deshi Ballers in action during The Deshi Ballers’ Third Annual “Choose to Challenge” tournament in celebration of the 2021 International Women’s Day. Photo by Tanvir Ali By Anne Sherman and Jonathan Gomes Ashreen...
Beach volleyball and other outdoor activities and sports are key to the “Carioca” lifestyle in Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Scott Hamilton

Marvelous Training Ground

Opening Shot: Beach volleyball and other outdoor activities and sports are key to the “Carioca” lifestyle in Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Scott Hamilton By Camila David Tropical weather. Breathtaking beaches. Lush green nature. These and...
Cultural Affairs Officer Karl Rogers (back row) stands with Dare-to-Shine Program participants. Photo courtesy of the WE United Project

Partnering to empower women athletes in Nepal

By Edward Denny For every professional women’s soccer coach or athlete who has reached their lofty goals, there are scores of other young female athletes who are tackling challenges in their field, climbing to the...
Consular Officer Jason Dyer (front, center) works in the Joint Operations Center, a 24-hour center at Embassy Tokyo, monitoring all things related to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Photo courtesy of Mission Japan

Games Like No Other

Opening Photo: Consular Officer Jason Dyer (front, center) works in the Joint Operations Center, a 24-hour center at Embassy Tokyo, monitoring all things related to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Photo courtesy of Mission Japan By...
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...
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...

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