Department of State announces U.S.-Indonesia Soccer Exchange Program
Last Friday, the Department of State announced on its website a grant that has brought 15 young Indonesian female soccer players to the United States in order to build relationships with their American counterparts and coaches.
The 15 to 18-year old girls will stay in the U.S. until Wednesday of this week and, together with three coaches and one administrator, are meeting with top female athletes, business leaders, and local high school students in Portland, Oregon, as well as San Francisco, California.
The new U.S.-Indonesia Soccer Exchange Program is a joint initiative by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' (ECA) SportsUnited Office and the International Center Sports Corp Division and its primary goal, according to the State Department website, is "to further improve understanding between the people of Indonesia and the people of the United States. The two-way exchange, which began in January 2011 when four U.S. soccer coaches traveled to Indonesia to conduct clinics with Indonesian youth, allows participants to gain a broader understanding of the cultures and sports traditions in both countries."
On the heels of the FIFA 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany, Secretary Clinton kicked-off the Women's World Cup Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports earlier this month.