The Initiative

The Basics of the Program

The Global Sports Mentoring Program is an initiative created by the U.S. Department of State. The GSMP consists of two pillars: Empower Women through Sports and Sport for Community. These one-month mentorship experiences focus on empowering emerging leaders to serve their local communities by increasing access to and opportunities for participation in sports.

Each year, 16 to 17 participants demonstrating leadership skills and experience in the sports sector are chosen from a list of nominees selected by U.S. Embassies throughout the world. These emerging leaders are typically between 25 and 40 years of age, proficient in English, and have three or more years of work or volunteer experience with a sport-based development program/organization.

Tapping into the unique power of mentoring, host organizations and mentors from the corporate and non-profit worlds are chosen to work alongside emerging leaders during an immersive three-week period. Mentors provide participants with opportunities to cultivate management and business skills in an American sports environment.

As a part of the nomination process, each emerging leader identifies a key need or challenge facing girls and women or people with disabilities in their home country. During their mentorship in the U.S., they will develop a detailed action plan to address this challenge through sports. All action plans are designed to be implemented upon the emerging leaders’ return home and have the common goal of creating sports opportunities for underserved and disadvantaged populations. Development of the action plan serves as the culmination of the mentorship experience.

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