October 19, 2017
CONTACT: Lindsey Wiles
MARIETTA – The City of Marietta is pleased to host a FREE sports clinic for children up to age 18, featuring international coaches here in the United States courtesy of the US State Department’s Sports for Social Change Program. The clinic will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10am-2pm at the Custer Park Sports and Fitness Center located at 545 Kenneth Marcus Way, Marietta, GA.
Through the US State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), the World Learning Organization based out of Washington, DC will bring coaches from Morocco, Tunisia, and Algiers to the City of Marietta to host a one-day sports clinic featuring coaches who specialize in basketball, soccer, and martial arts. The clinic will be held at the Custer Park Sports and Fitness Center for free and is open to both members and non-members of the facility.
Additionally, the clinic will have as a special guest, former NBA star Sam Vincent. Vincent attended Michigan State University and was selected by the Boston Celtics with the twentieth pick of the 1985 NBA draft. He played two seasons for the Celtics, winning an NBA Championship ring in 1986, before joining the Seattle SuperSonics, and then the Chicago Bulls. In 1989 he was selected by the Orlando Magic in the NBA expansion draft and finished his NBA career with the Magic in 1992. He scored 3,106 points and tallied 1,543 assists during his seven-year tenure in the league.
The ECA’s Division uses sports diplomacy’s ability to increase dialogue and cultural understanding between people around the world through the universal language of sports and athletics. The US State Department states Sports Diplomacy has emerged as an integral part of efforts to build ever-strengthening relations between the United States and other nations. Participation in sports teaches leadership, teamwork, and communication skills that help young people succeed in all areas of their lives.
For more information about the US State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit the website.