WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 21, 2012) – Rutgers head women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer has been invited to serve on the U.S. Department of State’s Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports, it was announced by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
“It’s been a lifelong passion and dream of mine to have a voice and give a voice to as many women and young girls as I can,” said Stringer. “Through my actions and deeds, it’s been my hope that they can know they are worthy and without question, equal. Until all women have that feeling, it will continue to be my mission. Being a part of this Council gives me the perfect opportunity to achieve that goal.”
The members of the Council, which is comprised of current and retired athletes, coaches, corporate executives, journalists, and trailblazers in women’s sport, will engage audiences in the United States and overseas to elevate the global conversation on sports as a means of empowerment.
The members of the Council are Tamika Catchings, Donna de Varona, Laura Gentile, Mia Hamm, April Heinrichs, Sally Jenkins, Billie Jean King, Michelle Kwan, Jessica Mendoza, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Aimee Mullins, Angela Ruggiero, Annika Sorenstam, Sage Steele and Pat Summitt.
These women have excelled both on and off the field and displayed their strong commitment to advancing the rights of women and girls worldwide.
The Council will support the broader goals of the Department’s Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports Initiative, which mobilizes all of the Department’s international sports programming, from Sports Envoys traveling overseas to Sports Visitors traveling to the United States, to increase the number of women and girls worldwide who are involved in sports. A cornerstone of this initiative is the creation of a new sports mentorship program that will connect women and girls from across the globe with their American counterparts.
The Council builds on Secretary Clinton’s vision of “smart power,” which embraces the use of a full range of diplomatic tools—in this case American women in sports—to empower girls and foster greater understanding.
For more information on the Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports Initiative, please log on to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ website at http://exchanges.state.gov/womeninsports.
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