Arlington, Va. – Marymount University’s women’s basketball program teamed up with the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs by organizing a basketball clinic for a group sponsored by the Saudi Arabia Girls Basketball Delegation Sports Visitors Program.
“Pairing with the SportsUnited program was an opportunity we could not pass up,” head coach Ashlee Courter said. “Their stories were inspiring and their spirit to learn about the game was contagious. My staff and I learned just as much about these six Saudi Arabian girls and their culture as they did about basketball. It was an experience I will never forget and we look forward to working with Sports United again.”
Working with the Embassy in Riyadh and the consulate in Jeddah, ECA brought over six female teenage basketball players and two coaches for a two-week program. The girls participated in clinics with other American high school and college athletes.
The purpose of SportsUnited is to work at the grassroots level to aid non-elite youth and coaches in discovering how success in athletics can be translated into the development of life skills and achievement in the classroom, and to spread America’s message of international understanding, cultural tolerance and mutual respect. In addition, the Initiative provides the foreign participant and opportunity to establish linkages with U.S. sports professional and exposure to American life and culture through workshops and presentations hosted by local institutions.