KYRGYZ AND UZBEK LEADERS EXAMINE ADAPTIVE SPORTS, DISABILITY RIGHTS, AND INCLUSION IN PHOENIX, TUCSON, AND WASHINGTON, DC
Media Contact: Angeline Carbajal
Phone No.: 520-626-9483
Phoenix, Ariz.; Tucson, Ariz.; Washington, D.C. - As part of the U.S. Department of State's Sports Diplomacy Program, fourteen participants from Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan will spend October 5 to October 19, 2018, in Phoenix, Ariz., Tucson, Ariz. and Washington, D.C. examining adaptive sports, disability rights, and inclusion in the U.S. The University of Arizona's Adaptive Athletics Disability Resource Center will host the group. Managed by FHI 360, Sports Visitors are non-elite youth athletes, coaches and administrators who travel to the United States for a fast-paces, short-term, sports, cultural exchange. During the program, they engage with American peers and sports practitioners, participate in clinics and sessions on leadership, team-building, conflict resolution, and inclusion and equity in sport.
The Sports Visitor Program creates a network of leaders around the world who have firsthand experience and understanding of U.S. culture, society, and values, through exploring America's athletic landscape from community-based programs to professional sports. Sports Visitors take part in capacity building, leadership and sports-based programs that help shape their future educational and employment goals and aspirations. Funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Sports Visitor Program connects participants to their peers in the United States and created important opportunities for Americans to engage with individuals from other countries, thereby deepening trust and understanding between the United States and other countries and cultures.
The Sports Visitor participants from Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan are joined by FHI 360 staff for the entirety of their visit who, together with U.S. Department of State personnel, ensure the program is adapted to U.S. foreign policy goals and participant interests.
This program aims to foster connections and friendships between the participants and local American citizens that will last beyond the program's completion. These coaches will learn about teamwork, enhance their coaching skills, and learn how to use the tools they gain in the United States to be leaders, create sporting opportunities for people with disabilities, spread awareness about disability sports, rights and inclusion in their communities.
While in Arizona, the participants will partake in workshops on action planning, sports and society, positive coaching and sports psychology and nutrition. They will also observe, learn and have hands-on clinics on a variety of adaptive sports with the University of Arizona's Adaptive Athletics Disability Resource Center, particularly focusing on wheelchair basketball.
Through home stays and/or home hospitality, Sports Visitor participants will experience American family life. Additionally, they will take part in several cultural and community activities, including a trip to the Grand Canyon, a historical city tour of the nation's capital, and attending a Washington Wizards professional basketball game. They will also have the opportunity to participate in the Aspen Institute's annual Project Play Summit featuring 2018 keynote speaker and NBA legend, Kobe Bryant.
The Sports Visitor Program has brought more than 2,000 current and future leaders from all over the world to the United States. Participants have come from every world region and more than 100 different countries and growing.
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