In its latest announcement, the US Embassy in Kathmandu said that it will endorse five Nepal female youth footballers for US Sports Visitor Program (SVP).
Embassy Spokesperson Andie De Arment and ANFA President Karma Tshering Sherpa attended the event held in Kathmandu on June 27, 2019.
The program is being organized in collaboration with Nepal Football Association (ANFA) and We United Project.
SVP is an international exchange program that creates a platform for participants to learn American culture, best practices in sports ranging between amateur to professional leagues and develop leadership skills. This program will be conducted for two weeks between June 30-July 12, 2019.
Activities include sessions on gender equity in sports, disability in sports, nutrition, strength & conditioning and team building exercises. The US State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and FHI 360 are managing and implementing the program, respectively.
“Programs like SVP use the universal passion for sports as a way to transcend linguistic and socio-cultural 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,” said De Arment while highlighting the students’ personal action plan after their return home.
Participants will also be exposed to female football sports in the US and get to be a part of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup celebrations on the field with their American friends.