SPOKANE, Wash., Nov. 17 People to PeopleAmbassador Programs, a subsidiary of Ambassadors Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: EPAX), aleader in global educational travel experiences, today announced its all-starline-up of head coaches that will lead its 2009 travel season. People toPeople Sports Ambassador Programs offer unique opportunities for studentathletes to travel and train internationally with some of the top professionalathletes and outstanding Olympians from around the world.
Traveling to eight countries in 2009, student athletes in grades 5-12 willtravel and compete internationally, instructed by elite coaches who specializein soccer, bowling, tennis, swimming, volleyball, baseball, basketball, andwrestling. Football and softball are two new sports programs added to theroster for 2009. While abroad, student athletes learn to expand theirleadership and athletic skills while also connecting with diverse cultures andmeeting people from around the world.
"I'm thrilled to be a part of Sports Ambassador Programs for the thirdyear," said Steve Sampson, former USA Men's National Team Soccer Coach and2009 all-star coach for Youth Friendship Games in Austria. "Student athleteslearn so much more than just new athletic skills. They stretch theirperspective of the world, learn self-discipline and ultimately, developgreater self-confidence."
Led by award-winning coaches like Steve Sampson, former Team USA Men'sHead Soccer Coach, Olympic Gold Medalist wrestler Rulon Gardner, NBA Hall ofFamer Rick Barry, Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien, and Olympic Gold Medalist soccerstar Tiffeny Milbrett, students work one-on-one with coaches to improve theircore athletic skills and techniques. Training also includes mentalpreparation, goal setting and nutrition tips to achieve peak athleticperformance. Unique cultural visits and historic site tours are also part ofthe student athlete's experience.
"Our Sports Ambassador Programs allow student athletes to experience newcultures and meet new people while challenging them in the sport they love,"said Kevin Campbell, senior director of sports programs for People to PeopleAmbassador Programs. "The group of all-star head coaches that accompany andinstruct our student athletes are the best in their respective sports. Ourline-up includes former Olympians, a Super Bowl MVP, an NBA Hall of Famer anda World Series winner. From travel to training, our Sports Ambassador Programsare truly a one-of-a-kind experience."
Youth Friendship Games
Student athletes travel to Austria or Holland and compete for one week inan Olympic-style experience with other students and coaches from around theworld. Sports include soccer, bowling, tennis, swimming, volleyball,baseball, basketball and wrestling.
Sports Leadership Academy
Student athletes travel to Australia, New Zealand or Fiji to participatein challenging outdoor activities and new sports. Groups have access to twoof the highest-rated sports and health facilities in the world and receivetraining from skilled instructors.
Athletes train with experienced coaches and put their skills to the testagainst teams from Brazil. Students will visit and train at the famous RoqueJr. Centro de Futebol where they will learn traditional Brazilian soccertechniques.
Student athletes in grades 9-12 can also earn high school credit throughthe Washington School of World Studies (WSWS), a fully accredited educationpartner. Students in grades 9-12 are automatically enrolled in the highschool elective course Sports Ambassador Physical Fitness. Athletes can alsoearn fully transferable high school credit through WSWS online courses.
Student athletes interested in learning more about People to People SportsAmbassador Programs can visit http://www.peopletopeople.com or call877-787-2000.
About People to People Ambassador Programs
People to People Ambassador Programs is the most recognized and respectededucational travel provider and has provided more than 400,000 citizens of theworld the opportunity to promote peace through understanding. The AmbassadorPrograms include Citizen, Student, Sports and Leadership to promoteinternational and domestic programs for professionals, students, athletes, andthe leaders of tomorrow.
Participation in a People to People Ambassador Program contributesdirectly to personal success in a globalized world and fosters internationalfriendships. Our hands on, unique, educational travel programs provide accessto people and places beyond compare, and combine unique cultural experienceswith personal interaction to create global impact.
The Ambassador Programs serve as the exclusive educational travel providerof People to People International (PTPI), the nonprofit, Kansas City-basedorganization founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to promote peacethrough understanding worldwide. PTPI and Ambassadors Group are united intheir mission of bridging cultural and political borders through education andexchange.
About Ambassadors Group
Ambassadors Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: EPAX) is a socially conscious, educationcompany located in Spokane, Washington. Ambassadors Group is the parentcompany of the Ambassador Programs as well as Book Rags, an educationalresearch website, and oversees the Washington School of World Studies, anaccredited travel study and distance learning school.2009 Sports Ambassador Programs include: * Sports Leadership Academy: Australia, Fiji and New Zealand * Youth Friendship Games: Holland and Austria * Brazilian Futebol in Rio de Janeiro, San Paolo and Santo Filomena. * Grand Slam Baseball Program: Japan * Grand Slam Tennis Program: England and France
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