Featured Speaker: Sarah Hillyer, Ph.D., director of the
Global Sports Mentorship Program and Global Sports Mentorship Program delegates
The Global Sports Mentorship Program (GSMP) was launched in 2012 through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State, espnW, and the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society at the University of Tennessee under the directorship of Sarah Hillyer. GSMP is a sport-based mentorship initiative that seeks to empower women and girls through sports.
Individuals from around the world who exhibit strong leadership skills and a drive to make change are nominated by the State Department and immersed in a mentorship program with top sports leaders. These delegates foster connections with mentors and create an action plan to bring back to their home country, focused on implementing initiatives and strengthening communities through sport. GSMP has graduated 99 delegates who have gone on to impact 225,000 lives in more than 55 countries.