'State in 60 Seconds' Video -- Sports Diplomacy and the 'Beautiful Game'

Posted by Morgan Obrien
April 14, 2014

The Department of State will be the first U.S. stop for FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola preceding the FIFA World Cup™ tournament in Brazil, which begins June 12. The United States will be among the countries fielding a team in the tournament.

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver remarks as part of the Trophy Tour event at the State Department.  Before the event, nearly 100 athletes from local youth soccer organizations will participate in a soccer clinic with DC United players and former U.S. national team members Cobi Jones and Julie Foudy, who are two of our U.S. Sports Envoys.

U.S. Sports Envoys travel the world -- to places like Burma and the Middle East -- to share their passion for sports, equality, and community.  These American coaches and athletes hold sports clinics for young people and their coaches, participate in community outreach activities, and engage youth in a dialogue on the importance of leadership and respect for diversity. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs manages the Sports Envoy programs, working in cooperation with the U.S. Olympic Committee, U.S. sports federations, and professional leagues. Sports Envoys are not only athletes, but athletes who share a vision, a vision that all people have fundamental human rights.

Sports diplomacy has emerged as an important forward in our efforts to build people-to-people relationships.  In the lead-up to the World Cup in Brazil, we hope you take a moment to watch this "State in 60 Seconds" video on "Sports Diplomacy and the 'Beautiful Game'" with Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan, and join us for the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola event on April 14 at 3:00 p.m. EDT.  You can watch the event streamed live on www.state.gov.

About the Author: Morgan O'Brien serves as a Cultural Affairs Officer in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' (ECA) SportsUnited Office.

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