The International Sport Connection (ISC) is founded upon the belief that, by its very nature, sport brings people together and can be a powerful way to encourage friendship and mutual appreciation among individuals, tribes, and nations. We believe that appreciation for others, or conversely, disdain for others, is learned during childhood, and that these attitudes are usually learned through contact with influential adults. Coaches can play a particularly influential role in the lives of children, especially for children in challenging circumstances, who are in greater need of consistent contact with a caring adult mentor. The success of a coach is not measured solely by wins and losses, but by the influence that a coach has in preparing children and youth for future responsibilities. To be a complete coach, men and women must possess the knowledge, skills, and motivation to effectively teach, train, manage, and mentor children and youth.
The mission of the International Sport Connection (ISC) is to help coaches transition from a narrow focus on talent development and strategy implementation, to a more comprehensive vision of coaching, which promotes personal growth, appreciation of others, and community development. Furthermore, ISC stakeholders seek to empower coaches with comprehensive, high quality training, to encourage a commitment to continuous learning, and to promote creativity in meeting the unique challenges that arise while coaching children and youth. ISC stakeholders are committed to providing equal opportunities for male and female coaches, and encouraging girls to participate in sport, in culturally sensitive ways.
The ISC logo is a symbol of the ISC philosophy; the circle in the center of the ISC logo represents a soccer ball and alludes to the role of sport in connecting people and nations, as represented by sections of the flags of the United States of America and the Republic of Uganda. The four sections of the ball represent the four components of ISC coach education--teaching, training, managing, and mentoring.
The International Sport Connection Football Coach Training/Exchange Program is made possible by generous financial support from the SportsUnited Division of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. We are grateful for the support provided by the SportsUnited Division, and honored to have the opportunity to represent the United States of America.