Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 21, 2011


The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced today a partnership with USA Volleyball that will bring 50 volleyball coaches to the United States from Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Trinidad and Tobago June 21 – 28. The delegation will travel to Phoenix, Arizona where they will meet with their U.S. counterparts and participate in coaching seminars and clinics. This is the first such ECA exchange with USA Volleyball.

Sports diplomacy builds on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vision of “smart power” diplomacy. It embraces the use of a full range of diplomatic tools, including sports, to bring individuals together to foster greater understanding.

The volleyball coaches’ exchange is an initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Sports United Office at the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with USA Volleyball. The exchange will further improve understanding between the people of the United States and the people of Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Trinidad and Tobago. This exchange allows participants to gain a broader understanding of the culture and sports traditions worldwide.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ SportsUnited Office leads the U.S. Department of State’s international exchange efforts to bring the global community together through sports. Under its International Sports Programming Initiative, public and private U.S. based non-profit organizations, 501(c)(3), may submit proposals to address one of four themes: Youth Sports Management, Training Sports Coaches, Sport and Disability, and Sport and Health. Since 2002, the office has awarded more than 80 grants to U.S. non-profits to conduct programs in 43 countries around the world.

For more information, contact Talley Sergent of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, at SergentRT@state.gov.



PRN: 2011/1018