US State Department Grant brings Thai Visitors to Hartwick
Earlier this month, Hartwick’s Office of Global Education hosted a group of 12 Thai volleyball enthusiasts, thanks to a grant from the US State Department’s Bureau of Education & Cultural Affairs.
Awarded through the State Department’s Sports Diplomacy program via PH International, a Vermont-based nonprofit organization, the Sport For Social Change (SSC) group included coaches, youth influencers, community sports leaders and interpreters looking to expand equality and inclusivity through the unifying power of athletics.
“The US Embassy in Thailand had two primary goals for the trip,” said Noah Goldblatt, director of global education. “To strengthen gender equality and promote inclusive societies among young people in southern Thailand by using volleyball to bring people together regardless of religious beliefs and sexual orientation. The other goal was to increase the acceptance of gender-diverse people in southern Thailand by providing a safe space for LGBTQI+ youth to engage with community members through sports.”
An additional objective of the visit was to introduce the group to the region’s welcoming environment.
“The visitors were not only embraced by the Hartwick and Oneonta community. They were amazed by the generosity of folks everywhere we went.”
Director of Global Education