CHICAGO (Dec. 1, 2017) – U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan and seven-year Major League Soccer veteran Servando Carrasco will travel to four cities in Tanzania from Dec. 3-9 as part of the U.S. State Department and U.S. Soccer Sport Envoy Program.
Morgan and Carrasco will participate in Sports Diplomacy programs and soccer clinics with more than 150 students in rural areas of Tanzania during the course of the trip.
In addition to conducting a clinic with Maasai villagers near Arusha, Tanzania, Morgan and Carrasco will also hold soccer clinics and speak with students from schools in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. The Sports Envoys will also visit two all-girls soccer programs to highlight the importance of providing equal opportunities in strengthening democratic participation and economic development.
This Sports Envoy program’s focus on girls and women in sports also builds on the Equal Playing Field initiative from June 2017 that saw 30 women from six continents play the world’s highest soccer match at 5,714 meters on Mount Kilimanjaro. The match included previous Sports Envoy participant and former U.S. WNT midfielder Lori Lindsey.
In partnership with the U.S. State Department, U.S. Soccer players, coaches and administrators have visited more than 79 countries since 2005 as a part of this program. 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.