In the midst of the NCAA's March Madness, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton welcomed 18 teenage girl athletes and six female coaches from all corners of the globe to the United States as part of the Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports Initiative.
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While in the United States, the delegation from Kazakhstan, Nicaragua, Thailand, Tunisia, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe are participating in a variety of activities including: basketball clinics with their American counterparts, teambuilding exercises, workshops on Title IX and nutrition, and community events associated with the NCAA Women's Final Four Championship.
A partnership between the Department and the NCAA, USA Basketball, and the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), this exchange is a key component of the Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports Initiative. Under this new initiative, the Department is mobilizing all of its international sports programming, from Sports Envoys traveling overseas to Sports Visitors traveling to the United States, to increase the number of women and girls worldwide who are involved in sports. A cornerstone of this initiative is the creation of a new sports mentorship program that will connect women and girls from across the globe with their American counterparts. Click here to learn more.