About: Global Sports Mentoring Program

Almost a year ago, espnW and the State Department joined forces to announce the start of the U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program.

The program, which is part of the State Department's larger Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports initiative, was created to get more women and girls involved in sports globally to "experience the benefits of participation: improved health, greater self-esteem, and greater academic success."

In 2012, approximately 17 women from developing countries around the world were identified as emerging leaders in their country's sports sector. Those women traveled to the United States to be mentored by leading female executives a sports-related field for one month.

Athletes have also been involved in delivering the State Department's larger message. Stars from Tamika Catchings to Julie Foudy to Jessica Mendoza have traveled to different countries, sharing their stories and experiences with young athletes to show that anything is possible.

Beginning in September, the second class of Emerging Leaders will participate in the Global Sports Mentoring Program. If you'd like to learn more about the GSMP, click here.

Related Content