U.S. Embassy Program Teaches Life Skills Through American Sports

A group photo with coaches and students with U.S. Embassy Charge d'Affaires Edgard Kagan (back row, center, white shirt) (U.S. Embassy photo)
Mr. Kagan playing basketball with students. (U.S. Embassy photo)
Mr. Kagan playing basketball with students. (U.S. Embassy photo)

January 28 – U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires Edgard Kagan launched the ASA Foundation’s “Life Skills through American Sports” Train the Trainer (ToT) program at the Dignity for Children Foundation yesterday afternoon. More than 50 people attended the launching ceremony including coaches and students from Dignity.

Funded by the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, ASA Foundation is working with the Dignity for Children Foundation to train twenty Malaysian junior and high school teachers in coaching basketball and soccer.

ASA Foundation technical director Lee Hawkins explained that ASA’s program includes learning workshops on professional team sports and coaching development modules to create sports development opportunities for schools and communities living throughout Asia.

Charge d’Affaires Edgard Kagan said sports give people the opportunity to understand the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship.

“Sport is a language that everybody speaks,” said Mr.Kagan.

In her speech, Dignity for Children Foundation executive director Petrina Satvinder thanked the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur and ASA Foundation for their help to organize this program.

The program is currently taking place in Sentul Perdana Community Center for three consecutive days. At the conclusion of the training, the teachers will return to their communities to implement the program on their own for six months, based on the curriculum they’ve learned.