The mission of this new program, run in conjunction with the Italian Association of Sport and Culture is to immerse youth in Italian and US cultures and promote friendships between youth athletes, coaches and administrators from the United States and Italy. The program will tactically use the universal passion for sports as a way to transcend linguistic and sociocultural differences and bring people together. Participation in sports teaches leadership, teamwork, and communication skills that help young people succeed in all areas of their lives. The program will use sports as a platform to exposes youth athletes to American and Italian culture while providing them with an opportunity to compete in one or more sport events. An Italian-American youth delegation will be organized and will travel to Italy during the summer and compete in a sports festival with italian youth athletes.