ENVEST Phase 2 launches in India

Dr. Carrie LeCrom (at left) visits with one of the Indian soccer players, who showed the American players the communities and schools where they interact daily.

Dr. Carrie LeCrom (left) visits with an Indian soccer player as part of ENVEST (Empowering New Voices Through Education and Sport Training).

By Greg Burton, Center for Sport Leadership, 804-828-4000

Phase 2 of ENVEST (Empowering New Voices Through Education and Sport Training) launched January 3, 2018 in New Delhi, India. Funded through the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and their Sport Diplomacy Division, the program operates under the leadership of grant awardee Dr. Carrie LeCrom, executive director for the VCU Center for Sport Leadership and Goals for Girls, a sport-for-development, non-profit organization that was selected as the primary partner for this stage of the grant.

“We are thrilled to be working with Goals for Girls, an organization I have admired for quite a while,” said LeCrom. “Their programs have made an incredible amount of impact on young girls around the world, and our goal is to continue that trend with Phase 2 of ENVEST in India.”

The Goals for Girls Leadership Summit bring together 280 coaches and players from across India. The program features former U.S. Women’s National Team player Lori Lindsey, three additional professional female players and 19 teenage elite girl soccer players from Salt Lake City, Utah.

“We are thrilled to be working with Goals for Girls, an organization I have admired for quite a while.”
– Dr. Carrie LeCrom

The summit serves as an incubation platform for both girls players and coaches, reinforcing skills that will help all of us be more impactful leaders in our organizations and communities. Goals for Girls participants go through both field- and classroom-based learning on leadership components of awareness, teamwork, communication and goal setting.

In June 2018, summit participants from India will travel to the United States to complete the cultural exchange.

ENVEST is a set of four separate, two-way cultural exchanges with countries in South and Central: Kazakhstan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

The goals of ENVEST are:

  • Harness the power of sport as a teaching tool to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and people of South and Central Asia
  • Provide opportunities for sport coaches, administrators, and youth to learn and develop in ways that will benefit their home communities
  • Engage multiple groups in creating action plans around clearly identified social issues
  • Create an ongoing dialogue and open lines of communication between all participants to promote the exchange of ideas before, during, and after completion of the program, which will support the program’s long-term sustainability and multiplier effect.

Read daily updates from the trip on the center's CSL Daily blog page.

Photo of Dr. Carrie LeCrom (at left)

Dr. LeCrom (left) and the Goals for Girls group visited Kamptee, a predominantly Muslim town, where they toured an all-girls school and spent time with the students.