November 13, 2010

ROBERTS SAHAYDAK JOINS U.S. SPORTS ENVOY TO THAILAND

RICHMOND, Va. – Sports has a special way of breaking any language or cultural barriers, no matter where you are in the world. Former U.S. Women's Soccer star and current Co-Head Coach of the Virginia Commonwealth University women's soccer program Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak will experience that once again next week.

She will join former U.S. U-17 Men's National Team Head Coach Jay Miller on a trip to Bangkok, Thailand from Nov. 14-20 to help lead soccer camps as part of the U.S. State Department's Sports Envoy Program.

U.S. Soccer, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs participates in international sports initiatives as a way to promote sports and spark dialogue with children from around the world. Previous Sports Envoy trips have included Uganda, Morocco, Paraguay, Nigeria and Bahrain.

Roberts Sahaydak, who earned 110 caps during nine years with the Women's National Team, will be participating in her third Sports Envoy trip after traveling to Uganda and the Phillipines.

"We'll have the chance to be with the same group of kids for three whole days, which I'm really looking forward to," said Roberts. "I think we'll have an opportunity to form a great connection with these kids in three days. We're going to take time to talk with the kids and I hope it's a little empowering."

Upon arrival, Roberts Sahaydak and Miller will meet with local youth coaches in preparation for a three-day camp. During the camp, the children will spend the morning in classroom while the pair will meet with local dignitaries and tour Bangkok. In the afternoon, they will lead the group in drills and exercises that will teach both soccer and life skills.

"These envoy programs are a lot about soccer, but they're so much more than that," Roberts Sahaydak said. "Soccer is a great way to teach life lessons, so that's what I'm hoping for during this trip."

Roberts Sahaydak and Miller will then coach in a U.S.-Thai Friendship game with U.S. Marines, American Embassy Officers and exchange students at the conclusion of the camp. Before returning home, they will also conduct a clinic at the Pakkred Home for Boys, where they will also donate balls, toys and clothing.

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