CHICAGO (March 12, 2012) – U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will send four former U.S. Women’s National Team players and coaches to Argentina and Venezuela in March as the Sports Envoy Program continues.
Former U.S. WNT defender and current college coach Amanda Cromwell and former U.S. Women’s assistant coach Lauren Gregg will conduct envoys in Argentina. The clinics and activities are scheduled from March 15-20 in Buenos Aires, Salta, and Tilcara, Jujuy, and will include alumni from the SportsUnited coaches’ sports visitor program that took place in 2008.
On March 16, former U.S. Women’s goalkeeper Siri Mullinix and defender Lorrie Fair leave for Venezuela. In Maracaibo and Caracas, the WNT veterans will hold clinics and teach alumni from the 2010 Venezuela youth sports visitor program. Both Sports Envoys will also meet with youth who are participating in Embassy-funded English language programs.
While in South America, the Sports Envoys will conduct soccer clinics for youth, placing special emphasis on reaching out to medically underserved girls. They also will engage youth soccer coaches in discussions about techniques and methodologies for coaching girls soccer, and discuss the importance of women’s sports to them personally and to a culture.
The Sports Envoy program is part of SportsUnited’s Empowering Women and Girls through Sport Initiative. Research has shown a strong connection between girls’ participation in sports and pursuing a higher level of education, which then leads to more women in leadership roles. Through the international program, U.S. Soccer seeks to promote sports and spark dialogue with children from around the world.
U.S. Soccer has been involved with Sports Envoy since 2006 and has sent former players and coaches to countries across South America, Asia and Africa. Cromwell and Fair have both participated in the program on past trips.