THE GLOBAL SPORTS MENTORING PROGRAM (GSMP) is open accepting applications for participants from Russia. Please submit your application by December 3, 2023 by filling the form here.

The GSMP is implemented by the University of Tennessee in U.S. This five week program pairs emerging and established leaders with executives from top U.S. sports organizations. Through mentorship, public-private collaboration, and participant-led action plans, it aims to develop skills for future leadership roles in sports. The goal is to create opportunities for women and girls, and for people with disabilities to engage in sports for passion, education, or career. The GSMP has two distinct programs: (1) Sport for Community, Disability and Adaptive Sport Leaders in Spring 2024 and (2) Empowering Women through Sports in Fall 2024.


Sport for Community, Disability and Adaptive Sport Leaders focuses on empowering people with disabilities through community-based sports initiatives. Accessibility, social inclusion, and sports opportunities continue to be challenges for people with disabilities. Previous programs have hosted Paralympic executives, world champion athletes, disability rights advocates, coaches, and educators who have returned home to spark significant social impact in their communities. The program is geared towards cultivating sports management, marketing, and business skills in a U.S. sport-related environment. Evidence shows that opening opportunities to participate in sports leads to increase in self-confidence, social inclusion and economic empowerment for athletes with disabilities. Sports for Community will empower current and future leaders with a passion for promoting equality and opportunity so that everyone receives the opportunity to get in the game. This program will take place in Spring 2024.  Exact dates are not available at this time.


Empowering Women through Sports is designed with the aim of advancing the status and well-being of women, girls, and marginalized people through sports. It will allow new generations of girls to experience the many benefits of sports participation: increased confidence, improved health, greater employment opportunities, and enhanced academic success. There is growing evidence that women and girls who play sports are likely to excel both on the playing field and in their private and professional life. Their courage can also challenge existing gender stereotypes and discriminatory attitudes.  This program will take place in Fall 2024.  Exact dates are not available at this time.


Participation in any of the two programs of GSMP will provide the emerging leaders opportunities to:

  • Develop management, social innovation, and business skills that enable women or people with disabilities to contribute to economic growth.
  • Gain exposure to the U.S. sports business, media, start-up, and non-profit environments from the grassroots to boardroom levels.
  • Establish lasting relationships with a global sports network.
  • Develop an innovative project action plan for implementation after returning home that will have long-term positive change.


There are following requirements for the candidates:

  • They must be involved in sports sectors including such responsibilities as sports management, coaching, sports journalism, communication or marketing, sports innovation, disability/adaptive sports, sports philanthropy, or sports medicine.
  • They need to be able to converse fluently in English (fluency in American Sign Language is required for deaf participants).
  • The recommended age range is 25 to 45.
  • Delegates should be driven to directly improve sports accessibility for women and girls (Empower) or people with disabilities (Sport for Community) in Russia.
  • Possess leadership trajectory in their respective organizations with an interest in developing new partnerships.
  • Be overall confident, mature, and self-motivated towards exceptional success.


Further Information:

  • The GSMP welcomes participants with disabilities. Participants must be physically and mentally able to engage in rigorous five-week programming for the duration of the exchange.
  • The selection process has two rounds: (1) evaluation of the submitted online application form (add link) and (2) individual online interviews of the second-round candidates, expected on December 12-13, 2023).
  • A pre-departure cultural guides and materials, enrollment in ASPE health benefit coverage.
  • Medically necessary reasonable accommodations can be arranged with proper documentation, and activity pace can be adjusted for people with disabilities.
  • Participants who require a full-time personal assistant are eligible.  In some cases, and if a participant agrees, a personal assistant may be contracted in the U.S.


The following program costs will be covered for selected participants

  • All costs related to travel and applying for a U.S. visa
  • International travel from your home city to the program in the U.S.
  • Accommodation and meals while on the program,
  • Accident and sickness insurance.


Please fill in and submit your application form by midnight Moscow time on December 3, 2023. Upon applying, please indicate in the application form your preferred program – Sport for Community, Disability and Adaptive Sport Leaders or Empowering Women through Sports. It is recommended to use Google Chrome browser, not Internet Explorer. For further questions in regard to the application please write