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USA Track & Field to help bring 12 Caribbean teenagers to U.S. Olympic Trials

USA Track & Field, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) and the Oregon Track Club, will aid in bringing 12 teenage girls and four female coaches from Caribbean nations to the United States June 18 – June 28 to participate in a track and field exchange program.

Coming from The Bahamas, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago, these 16 participants will travel to Eugene, Oregon to take part in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Participants will meet Olympic athletes, train with top-level coaches, join a disability sports program, attend the competition, and tour the Nike campus in Beaverton.

These 16 participants will also be visiting Washington, D.C. where they will learn about women’s sports in the U.S by partaking in teambuilding activities, running clinics with American peers, and sessions on sports psychology and nutrition.

The program is part of the Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative which shows foreign participants the U.S. through the lens of women’s sports, while introducing Americans to different cultures. The goal of the program is to inspire more women and girls to become involved in sports and experience the benefits of participation: improved health, greater self-esteem, and increased academic success.

SportsUnited is the sports exchange program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Athletes and coaches from a range of sports are chosen to conduct clinics, visit schools, and engage with youth overseas on the importance of education, positive health practices, and respect for diversity.

For more information, contact Talley Sergent at

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