Former WNT Defender Tiffany Roberts and Former U-17 MNT Coach Jay Miller Off to Thailand as Part of Sports Envoy Program
CHICAGO (Nov. 12, 2010) – Former U.S. Women’s National Team player Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak and former U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team head coach Jay Miller will travel to Bangkok, Thailand, from Nov. 14-20 to help lead a soccer camp as part of the U.S. State Department’s Sports Envoy Program.
U.S. Soccer, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs participates in international sports initiatives as a way to promote sports and spark dialogue with children from around the world. Previous Sports Envoy trips have included Uganda, Morocco, Paraguay, Nigeria and Bahrain.
Roberts Sahaydak, who earned 110 caps during nine years with the Women’s National Team, will be participating in her third Sports Envoy trip after traveling to Uganda and the Phillipines. Miller will also be on his third Sports Envoy trip after going to Morocco in 2008 and Bolivia in 2009.
“We’ll have the chance to be with the same group of kids for three whole days, which I’m really looking forward to,” said Roberts. “I think we’ll have an opportunity to form a great connection with these kids in three days. We’re going to take time to talk with the kids and I hope it’s a little empowering. These envoy programs are a lot about soccer, but they’re so much more than that. Soccer is a great way to teach life lessons, so that’s what I’m hoping for during this trip.”
Upon arrival, Roberts Sahaydak and Miller will meet with local youth coaches in preparation for a three-day camp. During the camp, the children will spend the morning in classroom while the pair will meet with local dignitaries and tour Bangkok. In the afternoon, they will lead the group in drills and exercises that will teach both soccer and life skills.
Roberts Sahaydak and Miller will then coach in a U.S.-Thai Friendship game with U.S. Marines, American Embassy Officers and exchange students at the conclusion of the camp. Before returning home, they will also conduct a clinic at the Pakkred Home for Boys, where they will also donate balls, toys and clothing.
U.S. Soccer has participated in the SportsUnited Sports Envoy program since 2006. In that time, players and coaches traveled to Bahrain, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. Earlier this year, Lorrie Fair and Danielle Slaton traveled to Paraguay and earlier this month, Tony Sanneh and Sasha Victorine traveled to Cyprus. Other past participants in the program include Marcelo Balboa, Glenn “Mooch” Myernick and Shannon MacMillan.