World Cup 2014 - Sports Diplomacy
As you well know, sports can be a significant part of a family’s life, whether that’s because you are taking your child to little league, football or swim practice, or maybe it’s because you remember from a very young age that your family has always rooted and cheered for the Aggies, Dallas Cowboys or Spurs (at least that was the case in my home as a child). Sports are a very iconic part of American culture. To many baseball has been regarded as the national sport of the USA since the late 19th century, but its American football that is definitely one of the most favorite spectator sport, and of course there is a huge following for American basketball.
As an employee of a Designated Sponsor of J-1 Visa Programs, Alliance Abroad Group is a great place to work especially during the Olympics or World Cup because we take time to enjoy world sporting events. Just this past month, our leaders hosted and 2014 World Cup Opening Day viewing party. Yes, my co-workers and I do love cultural exchange! It was an incredible moment in time, sitting around a table full of Americans, and a Brazilian, Mexican, Scottish, Thai, Canadian, Ukrainian, Mongolian and French person. We were all excited about opening day and the upcoming weeks.
Soccer or more commonly known in the rest of the world as futbol, just might not be your favorite sport of all times, but this is an amazing opportunity to promote cultural exchange and patriotism. All you need to figure out is the perfect match, where to meet and how to promote your World Cup viewing party. Winner match is schedule for Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 2:00pm CST.
We currently have participants in the United States from the following 22 countries out of 32 that are competing in the 2014 World Cup and would be eager to assist you in planning the viewing party or talk about their favorite player. Don’t wait till 2018 let’s promote sports cultural exchange today!
Keep informed of match times: World Cup 2014
Check out for more fun facts: World Cup Facts
Learn more about Department of State Sports Diplomacy Programs: DOS Sprots Diplomacy