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U.S. promoting sports to unite people, says Pierangelo


Claire Pierangelo

The United States of America (U.S) Consul General to Nigeria, Claire Pierangelo has affirmed that participation in sports teaches leadership, teamwork, and communication skills that help young people succeed in all areas of their lives.

Pierangelo also expressed the United States government’s readiness to combat modern slavery through the prosecution of traffickers, protection of victims, and the prevention of human trafficking.

Speaking at the Iyoba College in Benin, the Edo state capital, at the launch of U.S. Consulate Girls’ Mentoring and Football Programme entitled: “Goal! Strong Girls, Bright Future,” Pierangelo expressed the U.S. government’s commitment to empowering at-risk girls with valuable life skills through their participation in sports.


She stressed the need to embrace sports as a tool to combat sex and human trafficking, adding, “I am thrilled to be here with all of you at this Sports Envoy programme organised by Fortem Inspire and the U.S. Consulate.  And there couldn’t be a better name – Goal! Strong girls, bright futures.”

Pierangelo, who commended the mentors and trainers for using their skills and expertise to contribute to the growth of Nigeria, said sports diplomacy was an integral part of her government’s efforts to build stronger relations between the United States and Nigeria.

“Our envoys are here not only to teach these girls football skills, but also to engage young women and girls on a very important topic, human trafficking,” she said.

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