FAR HILLS, N.J. – The USGA welcomed an international visitor to its campus as part of a global sports mentoring program. Maria Gateva, from Bulgaria, is working closely with Sarah Hirshland, senior
managing director of business affairs at the United States Golf Association, who is
serving as a mentor to Gateva for the U.S. Department of
State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program. Now in its second year, this program supports the United States’ global
commitment toward advancing the rights and participation of women and girls
around the world, using sports as a vehicle toward greater opportunity and
our strategic focus on international relevance, and also on making the game
more inclusive for women, the USGA is proud to play an important role in
engaging, inspiring, and empowering a new generation of female leaders around
the world,” said Hirshland.
at USGA headquarters on Monday, Sept. 16 for a three-week mentoring program,
during which Hirshland will provide her with valuable skills,
experience and access to networks that can lead to future opportunities in her
Hirshland will also help to construct a strategic action plan with Gateva, in
an effort to create additional sports opportunities for underserved women and girls in Bulgaria.
The mentoring program is a central component of
the State Department’s broader Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports
Initiative, which aims to increase the number of women and girls worldwide who
are involved in sports.
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs promotes mutual understanding between Americans and people
from around the world
through a wide range of academic, cultural, private sector, professional and
sports exchange programs. These international exchanges engage youths,
students, educators, artists, athletes and emerging leaders from the United
States and nearly 170 countries. Alumni of these exchanges comprise more than 1
million people around the world, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and
more than 350 current or former heads of state and government.