The State Department and NBA worked together to send former WNBA players Tamika Raymond and Nykesha Sales to Ukraine as Sports Envoys from January 28 to February 2, 2013. As a part of the Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative, this program was designed to be one in a series of basketball envoy programs around the world. The exchange reached out to girls and female coaches in Kyiv and Donetsk through basketball clinics, a disability sports session, English language program, and activities with alumni from other State Department educational programs. They also met with students at a special school focused on sports and participated in interviews with local media. Throughout the program, the envoys highlighted the importance of Title IX in women’s sports throughout the program.
March 8, 2013