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World Cup Champion Visits Kabul

World Cup Champion Visits Kabul

World Cup Champion Visits Kabul

Former World Cup and Olympic Champion Lorrie Fair traveled to Afghanistan November 20-25, 2012 as part of the U.S. Department of State’s global efforts to empower women and girls through sports.  During her five-day visit, Fair led clinics with young female soccer players from the greater Kabul area, spearheaded conversations on leadership, and visited with U.S. military personnel.

“The Afghan women athletes I have worked with at the sports clinics weren’t any different than athletes I have played with all over the world,” said, Fair, who has also traveled on behalf of the Department and U.S. Soccer to Morocco, Paraguay, and Venezuela. “They are all passionate about what they do, and they want to demonstrate that they are athletes. They are quick learners, and want to improve their skills.”

Fair continued, “At the same time, these women have overcome many challenges to be able to play soccer and are really an inspiration.  I see them as pioneers.  They are very courageous, and they stand together and support each other to be able to play.”

The Department’s Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports Initiative mobilizes all of the its sports diplomacy efforts to engage women and girls worldwide.  For more information on the initiative, click here.  While this is the first time a Sports Envoy traveled to Afghanistan, it marks the fourth sports exchange with Afghanistan.  Previous exchanges included Afghan sports visitors, which are delegations made up of coaches, sports administrators, and young athletes, who traveled to the United States in 2007, 2008, and 2010.