In March 2015, Global Sports Partners collaborated with the US State Department to bring Ruth Riley, former WNBA star, and Becky Bonner, NBA Assistant Coordinator for International Basketball Relations, to Saudi Arabia to interact with women and girls engaged in the local sport, health and fitness lifestyle. Over the course of a busy week, Ruth and Becky traveled from Riyadh and the Eastern Province to Jeddah on the Red Sea coastline.
GSP was instrumental in coordinating basketball training opportunities for Ruth and Becky with local sports entities in the Kingdom. The girls and women who participated in the events were greatly encouraged and excited to have this unique opportunity to learn from women excelling at the highest levels of sport in America.
GSP was pleased to see the positive impact of this collaboration on all sides. Great appreciation goes to Ruth and Becky for taking the time and energy to share their skills and experiences with many women and girls in Saudi Arabia. It was a worthwhile venture that merits the exploration of further events of this caliber.