Our Mission

To increase the number of student-athletes learning and playing around the world by building specialized, custom programs that are academically challenging, athletically relevant and culturally immersive.

A History Lesson

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 hundreds of 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.

Global Player



A thought leader, a risk-taker, an innovator. They don’t just let the lines of the arena define them but they seek to go out of bounds to compete on a global scale. 

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.

All of our programs include four pillars to make each offering unique and impactful- learn, play, travel and serve. Each pillar contributes to the overall experience making GP programs one of a kind.


We encourage student-athletes from any college or university, from any major, from anywhere in the world to apply.

Join Us

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