It’s a known fact that girls and women that participate in sports are more likely to stay in school, live a healthier lifestyle, and earn higher wages throughout their lives. For this reason, the U.S. State Department and espnW have created the Global Women’s Sports Mentoring Program. This will be one of the first sports mentoring programs of its kind targeted to women, and 17 emerging international women leaders will be paired with some of the most successful American women executives that work in sports-related fields for a 3 week mentorship program in the United States.


Hillary Clinton announced the program with John Ritter. Source: pennstatenews

Through this program, the American women business leaders will not only share with their mentees their expertise in sports and how it’s positively impacted their lives, but will also demonstrate their business and leadership skills. Outlined below are the following organizations that will be providing a mentor for this year’s Global Women’s Sports Mentoring Program:

  • Burton
  • Colavita
  • ESPN
  • Gatorade
  • LPGA Foundation
  • NCAA
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Saatchi & Saatchi
  • Stanton & Company
  • Under Armour
  • University of Oregon
  • USA Gymnastics
  • U.S. Olympic Committee
  • Women in Cable Telecommunications
  • Women’s Sports Foundation

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and ESPN President John Kipper announced the program, which intends to use sports as a launching pad for expanding the breadth of possibilities for women and girls worldwide. Hopefully, this will be the first of many sports mentoring programs that will be used to empower women and girls to their fullest potential.

To learn more about the power of mentoring, please contact us at the Over My Shoulder Foundation.

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