DHAKA, DECEMBER 20, 2015 – As part of the American Center Sports Diplomacy program, visiting Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) star player and Olympian Gold Medalist Ruthie Bolton and U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat played an exhibition match and conducted a skills training with nearly 60 Bangladeshi youth athletes. The exhibition match was the culminating event for a four-day intensive basketball workshop sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s SportsUnited program and Nari Uddug Kendra at the American International School (AIS/D) Gym, Baridhara.
In addition to the intense basketball workshop, Ms. Bolton conducted outreach sessions with Bangladesh’s emerging national women’s basketball team players, Bangladesh Special Olympics team members, JAAGO School and U.S. Embassy Dhaka’s English Access Microsholarship program.
Ruthie Bolton is one of the most accomplished female athletes in the world. She is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, USA Female Basketball Player of the Year, Sports Illustrated Best Woman Athlete, and one of only four players to be named to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011.
U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat participated in the match and delivered remarks about the role of sports in empowering youth and women.
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