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In late September, Tony Brown welcomed leadership from the Global Sports Mentoring Program, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and espnW aimed at empowering women and girls through sports. The Program connects international and American women to build capacity and create sustainable sports opportunities for underserved women and girls worldwide. HOLA hosted former Olympians and emerging leaders from Kenya, Egypt and India who are participating in the program. HOLA is honored to be recognized as a best practice example of a sustainable sports NGO for underserved girls.

While at HOLA, the visitors met with HOLA Program Directors and members of the Los Angeles Lakers, who were hosting a basketball clinic at the Lafayette Park Recreation Center. It was an informative and inspirational visit for everyone involved. “These emerging leaders shared challenges and opportunities within their cultures and I felt like they were able to really immerse and capture the essence of what HOLA provides to underserved and at-risk youth in this community. One of the many highlights was meeting with HOLA’s alumni who return to teach and assist the next generation through coordinating programs.” – Tony Brown

To read more about the Global Sports Mentoring Program, click here.


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