U.S. Embassy to Send Five Nigerian IDP Youth on a Sports Visitors Program in the United States

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria is sending five young Nigerian football (soccer) talents currently residing in Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDP) camps and their chaperon to participate in a U.S. State Department sponsored Sports Visitor program from August 1-19, 2019.

The five participants, three male and two female, were selected from IDP camps in Benue and Abuja.  Besides attending a football camp, the participants will also receive English language and other classroom instruction to improve their prospects for academic success.

Nigerian Sports Visitors in a Group Photo with Embassy Cultural Affairs Officer, Sterling Tilley and Cultural Affairs Assistant Blessing AbahThe U.S. State Department’s Sports Visitors program targets hard-to-reach key youth as well as established athletes.  These programs are designed to hone athletes’ on-the-field performance; to develop their capacity for leadership; and to foster a deeper understanding of American cultural and social life.

Through their participation in this program, Rosemary James, Wisdom Abeh, John Dawa, Blessing Ayila, and Lorliam Terhemba Theophilus will improve their soccer playing skills, while enhancing their English language, academic and leadership skills through their interaction with American peers.