Department of State supported programs promote two-way exchanges for sport-for-development practitioners between the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean.
Sport for Community: Emerging Leaders in Action
From 2014 to 2016, the Sport for Community: Emerging Leaders in Action program equipped Brazilian youth leaders from the sport-for-development sector with the tools to translate the power and popularity of sport into positive results for communities.Youth were matched with U.S.-based mentors and traveled to the United States for a month-long mentorship to gain knowledge, skills and networks to better serve and engage marginalized youth in their communities. Mentors then traveled to Brazil to meet with their mentees and support their work.
Youth Sports Management Exchange Program
From 2009 to 2011, the program strengthened the ability of local community and community organizations in Colombia and Ecuador to provide sustainable sports programs for youth and increase the linkage between athletic and academic achievement. In total, 39 exchanges took place between Colombia (17) and Ecuador (8) with the United States (14).
Coaching Coaches Program
From 2008 to 2009, 15 Brazilian coaches traveled to the United States to learn techniques that would allow them to better serve the needs and interests of marginalized youth in their communities. Reciprocal exchanges for 11 US coaches were conducted as part of the follow-on program.
International Sports Management Baseball Exchange
From 2007 to 2008, the baseball exchange strengthened the ability of local communities and community organizations in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Venezuela to provide sustainable sports programs for youth and increase the linkage between athletic achievements and academic achievements.
Triple Play Baseball Exchange
Implemented in 2006, this program brought a total of 14 coaches, players and press from Venezuela and Nicaragua to the World Baseball Classic in Orlando, Florida, and then to Washington D.C. Program objectives included exchanging ideas with North American youth, coaches, and other sports officials.
Coaching Coaches Exchange
From 2002 to 2003, the program reached over 1,350 participants through fifteen exchanges involving twelve countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Partners’ emphasized diversity in every aspect of the program, including the travelers, participants and types of sports. Exchanges focused on people with disabilities, sports medicine, swimming, soccer and basketball.