GSMP honors 5 alumnae

Five alumnae of the 2013 Global Sports Mentorship Program were honored for their plans to use sports to address inequalities for girls in their home countries.

The women created the plans with American female executives during a monthlong mentorship in the U.S. that focused on business and leadership skills. The participants will receive seed money to help launch their projects, then will work to secure local partnerships to build and sustain them.

“We are thrilled to see the multiplier effect at work through the power of the Global Sports Mentoring Program. Women from around the world are using the experience they gained during their mentorship to truly make an impact in their home countries,” said Laura Gentile, vice president, espnW. “Empowerment through sports is at the very heart of espnW’s mission, and these five honorees perfectly demonstrate such empowerment.”

The honorees, and their projects, are:

Luz Amuchastegui of Argentina: Amuchastegui developed a mentorship program for at-risk youth participating in after-school field hockey classes at El Desafio Foundation in Rosario.

El De Safio Foundation

Luz Amuchastegui with members of her project partner El De Safio Foundation and volunteers.

Hayam Essam of Egypt: Essam started an after-school basketball program to provide a safe, supervised social space for girls in Cairo.

Courtesy of Girl Power

Hayam Essam conducts an after-school basketball session with girls in her Girl Power program.

Majidah Nantanda of Uganda: Nantanda developed a series of soccer clinics and coaching seminars to help teach girls and women about the game and to improve health and education opportunities.

Train the Trainer

Majidah Nantanda leads her Train the Trainer program in Uganda.

Zola Ndlovu of South Africa: Ndlovu created a multi-sports program for girls in need in Durban, with the goal of instilling self-worth and discipline through education and mentorship.


Courtesy Zola Ndlovu

Zola Ndlovu works with women living in Durban, South Africa.

Yu-Hsien “Blue” Tseng of Taiwan: Tseng established workshops to equip physical education teachers in Taipei with the knowledge and resources to promote gender equality and ensure a supportive setting for LGBT students.

Courtesy UT Center for Sports, Peace, and Society

Alumna Yu-shien Tseng (front center) with P.E. teachers and mentor, Karen Morrison (back row, center) with the NCAA and members of Tennessee's Center for Sports, Peace, and Society.

The Global Sports Mentorship Program, part of the State Department’s Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports initiative, was created to get more women and girls involved in sports globally. This September, a new class of emerging leaders will arrive in the U.S. to participate in the program. Click here to learn more about the GSMP.