Sport for Community: Emerging Leaders in Action

Host to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, Brazil has captured the world’s attention. The poor, unfortunately, don’t always benefit from the spotlight of mega sporting events.  Our Sport for Community: Emerging Leaders in Action program equips Brazilian youth leaders from the sport-for-development sector with the tools to translate the power and popularity of sport into positive results for communities.

Youth are matched with U.S.-based mentors and travel to the United States for a month-long mentorship to gain knowledge, skills and networks to better serve and engage marginalized youth in their communities. Mentors then travel to Brazil to meet with their mentees and support their work. The Sport for Community program is supported by the SportsUnited Office of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Mission to Brazil.

  • 14 leaders from Brazil
  • 7 U.S. host states
  • 13 mentors
  • 28+ partners