Since 2012, the center has implemented the U.S. Department of State Global Sports Mentoring Program (GSMP), an initiative that brings international leaders to the U.S. for five-week exchange programs focused on women’s empowerment and inclusion of people with disabilities. Through eight installments of the GSMP, our team has trained and empowered 130 participants from 67 countries to positively impact underserved populations through sport. In the process, the CSPS has also partnered with more than 50 mentor host organizations, such as Google, the National Basketball Association (NBA), ESPN, Fox Sports, the Lakeshore Foundation, and the U.S. Olympic Committee, and developed relationships with hundreds of public and private organizations around the world.
In 2013, the GSMP was named one of the world’s Top 10 diplomatic achievements by the Public Diplomacy Council. In 2017, the initiative was also featured as the State Department’s key initiative addressing UN Global Goal 5: Gender Equality. According to our data, alumni have mobilized more than 5,000 volunteers, developed 428 local, international and government partnerships, and formed 97 sport-based organizations or working groups.