U.S. Embassy Sends Female Nepali Athletes to U.S. through Sports Visitor Program

June 27, 2019

The U.S. Embassy is sending five female youth soccer players to the United States for the Sports Visitor Program (SVP) from June 30-July 12.  SVP is an international exchange program that introduces participants to American culture, leadership, and best practices in sports – from community-based recreational youth play to professional leagues.  Managed by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and implemented by FHI 360, the SVP offers participants the opportunity to experience American society, culture, and values firsthand.  The activities include sessions on nutrition, strength and conditioning, gender equity in sport, disability in sports, and team building exercises.

Speaking at the SVP launch event on June 27, Embassy Spokesperson Andie De Arment highlighted the personal action plans the students would implement after their return to Nepal: “Programs like SVP use the universal passion for sports as a way to transcend linguistic and sociocultural differences and bring people together.  Participation in sports teaches leadership, teamwork, and communication skills that help young people succeed in all aspects of their lives.”

During their two-week stay, participants will learn about female sports in the U.S. and celebrate the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on the field with American peers.  The U.S. Embassy – in partnership with All Nepal Football Association and We United Project – is proud of the five selected participants, aged 15-18, from Karnali to Dhanusha, from Sudurpaschim to Kathmandu, who represent Nepal’s geographic, cultural, and ethnic diversity.