Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 13, 2013


The Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative aims to increase the number of women and girls involved in sports. From June 17- 27, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) will bring ten teenage field hockey players and two female coaches from Pakistan to the United States for an international sports exchange. This program builds on the U.S. global commitment to advance the rights of women and girls around the world.

Their time in the United States aligns with the 41st anniversary of Title IX, the landmark U.S. law, which afforded opportunity and equality for American women in sports and education. The lessons of Title IX will help young athletes increase the number of women and girls who participate in all aspects of sports worldwide.

These high school athletes will play field hockey with their American counterparts in Washington D.C. where they will work with their peers on developing teamwork, health, and leadership skills. They will also travel to North Carolina to participate in field hockey clinics, activities on sports and disability rights, and community volunteerism at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

The Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative is comprised of three pillars: Sports Envoys (American athletes who travel overseas); Sports Visitors (youth athletes and coaches who travel to the United States); and the cornerstone of the initiative, the U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program.

For more information, please contact of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at ECA-Press@state.gov.



PRN: 2013/0726