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...
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...
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,...
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...
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,...

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