CHICAGO (March 9, 2015) – Former U.S. Men’s National Team and U.S. Women’s National Team defenders Tony Sanneh and Linda Hamilton, respectively, will travel to Malaysia as members of the U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy Program.
As part of the program, which runs from March 9-13, Sanneh and Hamilton will conduct clinics with more than 250 children and coaches in three cities—Kota Bharu, Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu—around Malaysia.
Hamilton will conduct two clinics with school children in Kuala Lumpur on Monday before being joined by Sanneh on Tuesday, March 10. That day, both will conduct a clinic with 30 soccer coaches from local schools in the morning, followed by a clinic with about 50 high school and university students in the afternoon.
Over the course of the remaining three days, Hamilton and Sanneh will conduct five more clinics, with students ranging from age 7-20.
Sanneh was a member of the 2002 FIFA World Cup team that advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament and was recently named to the U.S. Men’s National Team “All-Decade Team.” Hamilton is no stranger to traveling to Asia, having been part of the U.S. backline at the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She earned 71 caps with the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1987-1995. Both have traveled extensively as Sports Envoys for U.S. Soccer and the State Department.
In partnership with the State Department, U.S. Soccer players, coaches and administrators have visited more than 79 countries since 2005. The athletes have offered soccer clinics for thousands of boys, girls and coaches. Athletes and coaches use sport as a tool to teach important values and life skills such as respect, teamwork, inclusion, acknowledgement of rules, discipline, and self-confidence.