O Street International would like to congratulate Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education and Development (CIED) program on the successful completion of another Sports Diplomacy program hosted in Bar, Montenegro. The partnership between Georgetown University and the U.S. Embassy in Podgorica, Montenegro has continued to flourish. United States Ambassador to Montenegro, Margaret Uyehara, still in her first year in Podgorica, attended the opening ceremony affirming the importance of leadership and volunteerism through sport. The Mayor of Bar, Zoran Srzentic also attended the opening ceremony.
We congratulate Omari Faulkner, O Street International’s Board President, for his fourth year participating in the program, which uses sports to develop leadership skills and build community among its participants, all members of various Balkan region nations. “Now in its seventh year of operation, this program is very dear to me; the opportunity to support my teammate Sead Dizdarevic and his home country has been a phenomenal cultural exchange,” says Faulkner.
From July 26 through July 31, students from Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo gathered in Bar, Montenegro to learn about Sports as a tool for volunteerism, leadership, and community building. The program highlighted skills such as leadership, volunteerism, and women’s empowerment, for the participants. Participants also had an opportunity to share their culture with both participants, country coaches, and U.S. Team leaders.
O Street International always supports the use of engagement as a means of creating awareness and promoting understanding. Sports diplomacy programs such as this one highlight the power of common themes, such as sports, to bring people together while promoting outreach and opportunities to overcome boundaries.