Building on the U.S. Department of State’s commitment to empowering underserved communities worldwide through sports, the Global Sports Mentoring Program combines mentorship and cultural exchange to connect more than 147 changemakers on a mission to positively impact their societies. The initiative is comprised of two pillars: GSMP: Empower Women through Sports and GSMP: Sport for Community. Since 2012, alumni from 72 countries have participated in the program, forming an international network of leaders, athletes, coaches, educators, and advocates promoting equality and inclusion.
It is impossible to achieve progress in business, government, and civil society if any part of the world’s population behind. The U.S. Department of State Global Sports Mentoring Program is based on growing evidence that women and people with disabilities who play sports are increasingly likely to excel on the playing field and in life. Mentorship plays a key role in supporting all people—regardless of background—to contribute more fully to society, while transforming communities on a global scale. Whether in business, academics, or sports, mentors share their knowledge with emerging leaders and support them to unleash their full potential.The Mission