Harnessing the unifying power of sports, a delegation of U.S. Sports Envoys and officials landed in Abidjan to attend the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations, the continent’s premier sporting event. This initiative, spearheaded by the President’s Advisory Council on African Diaspora Engagement (PAC-ADE), aims to strengthen cultural and economic ties between the U.S. and African communities, both within the U.S. and across the globe.
The delegation, led by PAC-ADE member and WNBA All-Star Chinenye Ogwumike, features renowned athletes like four-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie and U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team star Crystal Dunn. They are joined by key officials from the Global Engagement Center and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, underlining the U.S. commitment to fostering deeper connections with Africa.
“This delegation showcases the power of sports to bridge cultures and build bridges,” said Deniece Laurent-Mantey, Executive Director of PAC-ADE. “We’re excited to engage with Ivorian youth, government officials, and civil society, using the Africa Cup of Nations as a platform to strengthen ties between the U.S. and our African partners.”
This initiative aligns with PAC-ADE’s mission, established by President Biden and Secretary Blinken in September 2023, to promote cultural, social, political, and economic connections between the U.S. and Africa. The delegation’s activities in Abidjan will range from engaging with government officials and international partners to connecting with local youth and civil society groups, all with the goal of fostering collaboration and understanding.
“We extend our best wishes to all 24 teams competing in this prestigious tournament,” the U.S. delegation stated. “