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Dr. Sarah Hillyer stands in front of 3 rows of participants who are sitting on gymnasium bleachers during an event. Dr. Sarah is shaking hands with a smiling woman on the front row.

Global Exchanges

As part of our commitment to promoting equality and inclusion worldwide, CSPS team members travel the globe to support program alumni, U.S. Embassies, and program partners through sports-based clinics in local communities that promote the values of equality and inclusion. Within the past five years, we’ve trained more than 4,000 coaches, educators, social entrepreneurs, and executives during conferences, roundtable discussions, and educational sessions.

Since the inaugural class of GSMP graduates returned home in 2012, the center has led six international exchanges to nine countries:

  • Philippines and Taiwan (March 2014)
  • Brazil and Argentina (March 2015)
  • Egypt and Jordan (December 2015)
  • Mexico (August 2016)
  • Ecuador (November 2016)
  • New Zealand (November 2017)

In addition to supporting GSMP graduates abroad, our team has hosted more than 250 international visitors—youth, coaches, and administrators—in the United States since 2012. These 10-14 day sport-based exchanges, which were sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provided opportunities for participants to experience American sports and culture, develop leadership skills, learn best practices from organizational leaders, and take lessons learned back to their home countries. From 2012 through 2015, the Center hosted 14 groups from Belarus, Colombia, Jordan, Lithuania, Pakistan, Poland, Senegal, Ukraine, and many other countries and led activities in basketball, track and field, volleyball, and adaptive sports.