On the heels of an incredible Team USA performance on the slopes and in the rinks in Vancouver, I am excited to share the news that two female snowboarders are joining the list of dozens of world-class athletes who have served as Sports Envoys for the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Through a partnership with Roxy, a brand of Quiksilver, these envoys will engage a new generation through one of the Winter Games’ most-watched sports.
Amber Stackhouse and Erin Comstock will travel to Armenia from March 3-7, 2010. Their program will include snowboard clinics and sessions engaging young women and girls to stress the importance of female participation in sports.
The State Department’s SportsUnited Office has proudly sent more than 90 athletes and coaches as envoys to 32 countries for programs designed to help underserved amateur youth discover how success in athletics can help give them the skills they need to achieve in the classroom and beyond. This year alone, we have 18 female athletes and coaches serving as Sports Envoys for basketball, soccer, volleyball, ice skating and (now!) snowboarding.
I hope you will follow Amber and Erin on their trip blog and post questions you may have for them.
Maura M. Pally is Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State