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Our Mission

Our History

What began as a vision in 2008 to offer student-athletes the unique opportunity to both study and play in a foreign country, today has sent nearly 200 collegiate student-athletes abroad. Due to the efforts of GP's Founders and former collegiate lacrosse players, Jess Beard Thornton and Tara Michael, our Academic Partners, dedicated staff and alumni all across the world, student-athletes can bring the athlete with them when they go abroad.

Global Players was founded out of a mutual passion for quality education, athletic participation, international travel, and  global community service.

Our Vision

Global Players' vision is to see student-athletes of different religions, cultures, ethnicities, backgrounds, and socio-economic groups, become globally-conscious, inspiring leaders of tomorrow.

 
To increase the number of university student-athletes studying and playing around the world by building specialized, custom programs that are academically challenging, athletically relevant and culturally immersive.
— Global Players MIssion
 

Our Commitment

Since its onset, Global Players has represented over 60 higher education institutions in the United States and more than 10 nationalities to develop leadership and cross-cultural immersion by encouraging participants to stretch outside their comfort zone and give back to the worldwide community through the sport they love. Building on these traditions, Global Players' Academic Partners and staff are dedicated to creating the opportunity for even more student-athletes to use their sport as a vehicle for globalization.

Programs are designed for university-aged students and recent graduates interested in coaching, business, languages, humanities, travel, and international sport development. Student-athletes from any college or university, from any major, from anywhere in the world are encouraged to apply.

Want to join the Movement?

If you are interested in making a donation or investing in the cause, partnership/development, or employment opportunities, please contact us.