CHICAGO (April 20, 2012) – U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Department of State will send a former coach and players to Morocco from April 22-28 as part of the Sports Envoy program.
Former U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Angela Hucles and defender Marian Dalmy will join former WNT assistant coach Lesle Gallimore for the clinics in Morocco. While in the North African nation, the envoys will work with 40 young female coaches from Morocco, as well as two coaches each from Tunisia and Libya.
The coaches attending the clinics will learn about technical soccer skills and the psychology of coaching. They will then work with the Sports Envoys to conduct soccer clinics with local female soccer players and will also engage in discussions about the importance of women’s sports in light of the 40th anniversary of Title IX.
The Sports Envoy program is part of SportsUnited’s Empowering Women and Girls through Sport Initiative. Research has shown a strong connection between girls’ participation in sports and pursuing a higher level of education, which then leads to more women in leadership roles. Through the international program, U.S. Soccer seeks to promote sports and spark dialogue with children from around the world.
U.S. Soccer has been involved with Sports Envoy since 2006 and has sent former players and coaches to countries across South America, Asia and Africa. Participants include Marcelo Balboa, Amanda Cromwell, Lorrie Fair, Linda Hamilton, Jay Miller and Tony Sanneh. This will be the first envoy for Hucles, Dalmy and Gallimore.