The U.S. Embassy in Cameroon has announced an open competition for organizations to submit applications to implement a week-long Sports Envoy program featuring two American athletes, such as the Harlem Globe Trotters, on the theme “Promoting Excellence and Resilience through Sports.”
This opportunity is for the implementation of a Department of State Sports Envoy Program featuring two American athletes, such as members of the Harlem Globe Trotters, for a one-week visit to Cameroon on the theme “Promoting Excellence and Resilience through Sports.” The program will highlight the role of sports in developing teamwork spirit and fostering respect for “fair play” and diversity. One of the events will be in a refugee village in the east region of Cameroon and will seek to enhance the sense of belonging and sustain hope for a brighter future within this vulnerable group.
Suggested activities will include:
- Youth Clinics for young athletes aged 10-16, in the cities of Yaounde and Bertoua. Each clinic will bring together 50 youth, with an equal number of boys and girls. In addition to sports drills, the clinics will enhance participants awareness on the importance of teamwork, hard-work, and respect for diversity.
- A seminar for coaches and sports educators to share best practices in sports education;
- An exhibition game in Yaounde, at Palais des Sports or any other similar venue, to showcase the unique skills of the Sports Envoys and engage the audience on sports as a means to promote excellence, respect for diversity, and resilience;
- An exhibition game for an underprivileged group in the East region of Cameroon;
- Media appearances to showcase the extraordinary skills of the Sports Envoys to a broad audience of Cameroonians.
- Each exhibition game should include side events such as musical performances, parades, etc.
The project budget should cover all the expenses relating to the organization and implementation of all project activities including:
- Accommodation for the Sports Envoys in high standard hotels
- Venue rental
- Honorarium for guest artists and other performers
- Supplies necessary for all programs
- Refreshment for participants in the clinics
- Design and production of communication tools (flyers, posters, backdrop, banners, roll up, etc)
- All necessary program logistics (sound, security, communication, etc.)
The grantee can add administrative costs to cover staff time and other expenses related to the planning and logistics for the project. Media coverage should not be included in the budget.
Total available funding: $20,000
Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $16,000 to a maximum of $20,000
Length of performance period: 6 to 9 months
Participants and Audiences
The target audience of the project is as follows:
- 100 youth aged 10 – 16, with an even number of boys and girls
- 15 – 20 sports educators
- 2,000 to 3,000 members of the general public for the exhibition game
- 200 – 300 members of the refugee community in the East region.
PAS encourages applications from the United States and Cameroon:
- Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks, community associations, and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience
- Non-profit media organizations
- Non-profit or governmental educational institutions
For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.