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The Partnership

Coming together over a shared goal to increase sports opportunities for women and girls around the world, the U.S. Department of State and ESPN first teamed up in 2012 to develop what became the Global Sports Mentoring Program.

In a joint collaboration, the U.S. Department of State, University of Tennessee’s Center for Sport, Peace & Society and espnW work hand-in-hand to organize and implement GSMP: Empower Women through Sports. This mentorship experience pairs emerging female sports leaders with top American executives with the primary aim of increasing opportunities for women and girl around the world to participate in sports and physical activity.

Developed in response to the success of the first program, GSMP: Sport for Community is collaboration between the Department of State and the University of Tennessee Center for Sport, Peace & Society. Similar in format to its companion program, S4C pairs emerging male and female sports leaders with business leaders at American NGOs and sports organizations with the key focus in 2016 on increasing opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in sports and physical activity.