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WHY PARTICIPATE IN A USA ATHLETES INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM?

  • 1. Travel Is Education Seeing the world provides an education that’s absolutely impossible get in school. Travel teaches you economy, politics, history, geography, and sociology in an intense, hands-on way no class will. Fortunately, the school of travel is always taking applications, no entrance exam required. If you’re open and willing, travel will make you an incredibly more well-rounded human being. And that’s really the goal, isn’t it?
  • 2. Traveling helps you learn who you are and builds confidence All the challenges and opportunities travel lays at your feet help you discover who you are in a way that’s only possible on the road.
  • 3. Travel creates meaningful relationships People you meet while on the road become some of the most valued names on your contact list. They become places on the map to visit later on. These folks give you a glimpse outside your hometown circle of friends, and force you to take in new and refreshing perspectives, and ultimately realize that everyone is the same.
  • 4. Traveling develops skills you didn’t know you had Sometimes it’s only far from home that you realize you you’ve got skills you’ve never used. It’s travel that brings them to the surface and makes you smile, satisfied to have reached the mountain top, or crossed a gorge or helping an aspiring kid learn how the play the game you love, or even to have successfully ordered a meal at a rural European restaurant.
  • 5. Travel helps you learn new languages There’s something satisfying about being able to throw around a few words of Dutch, knowing how to say thanks in German, pulling out that long dormant Spanish to communicate with other athletes, or simply hearing a language you didn’t know existed just a few weeks before.
  • 6. Travel means adventure Successfully navigating the maze-like streets of Amsterdam, bartering for the best price in the traditional markets of Marken, taking a speedboat ride in the canals of Holland: these are adventures worth having. People are hardwired for the excitement of adventure and travel may just be the best way to tap into it.
  • 7. Traveling gives you perspective Meeting people from other cultures will teach you that the way you’ve been looking at the world isn’t the way everybody else does. In fact, your point-of-view might have some major blind spots. Seeing the world for yourself will improve your vision and your grip on reality.
  • 8. Travel helps you move forward If you’re between jobs, schools, kids, or relationships, around the world travel can be a perfect way to move from one of these life stages into your next great adventure. A big trip won’t just ease your transition into the next stage of your life, it’ll give you a chance to reflect on where you’ve been, where you’re going, and where you want to end up.
  • 9. Travel challenges you Getting your daily latte at the same place and staring at your screen at your nine-to-five every day not nearly interesting enough? Even if you choose to work on the road (and keep staring at the screen), you’ll have to find a new place to drink your latte, and depending on your destination, finding coffee, and foamy milk or a good place to sip them could prove to be a sizeable challenge. Travel is full of moments of joy and challenges.
  • 10. Travel Shakes Things Up It sucks to be stuck in a rut. Everyone knows what that’s like. A big trip can be your perfect solution. Fly around the world, stopping over in all of the places you’ve always wanted to visit. Go ahead and plan your ideal route around the world (it’s easier than you think!)
  • 11. Traveling proves that dreams do come true You imagined it, daydreamed about it, envisioned it. Guess what? It can be done. Around the world travel is possible, you just have to decide you’re willing to take the first step. What are you waiting for?
  • 12. Travel gives you cool stories Let’s face it. Even for folks who can’t tell a story, just the words “last year in Scotland” get you instant party points. Even when events seem trivial, nostalgia and distance create an irresistible spin that makes mundane things like getting your laundry done in downtown Amsterdam, entertaining.
  • 13. Travel is literally food for thought. You’ll be constantly surprised at the flavors the world has to offer. The way people in other cultures and countries prepare food, and break bread together (not that all cultures even eat bread) will astound you.
  • 14. Travel gives you a sense of accomplishment If you’re the kind of person that dreams big, you’re probably one to reach for new challenges. Finishing a trip gives you the satisfaction that you were able make a goal to travel and accomplish what you set out to do–see the world and play the game you love!
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Not sure what College Coaches think about USAAI?

Here are the thoughts of CMU (Colorado Mesa University) Athletic Administrator and longtime coach, Kris Mort, what she says about her experiences with USAAI (10+ tours) and her offer to you!

Kris Mort TESTIMONIAL:

"USA Athletes tours are an opportunity of a lifetime!!!"

"Yes, we can all travel... but the personal growth and broadened horizons for young adults through CULTURAL EXCHANGE OF THEIR SPORT is priceless!"

"Because of USAAI, I have been fortunate enough to have coached, traveled, seen, and EXPERIENCED Europe, Australia, South America, Africa and the Caribbean. I learned quickly that no place is the USA (good and bad)."

"If you are considering a tour or sending your athlete, and aren’t sure... feel free to contact me."

Kris Mort- Former Colorado Mesa University Softball Coach


Welcome to the NEW and IMPROVED USAAI Website!

Whether you are a first time visitor or a returning USAAI alum, we invite you to click the link below to register for your FREE website access.  This will allow you to visit and explore all that USAAI has to offer in the coming travel season!  Don't worry, registering for website access is not a commitment to travel on a USAAI roster this summer (team registration is found on another page).  So come on in and look around!  Find out how you can be a part of the experience of a LIFETIME!  Click BELOW to register for your Free Access and to join the extended USAAI family!

Previously registered members from the old website will need to create a FREE Member registration and re-register for the team they are scheduled to travel with this coming summer.  Please contact the USAAI office with any questions. 913-397-9024

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Click the blue bar "Donation/Payment Portal" link below to donate to USAAI for a coming tour for the 2019 travel season.

As a 501 c3 not for profit organization all donations are completely tax deductible.  Consult your tax professional for deduction applicability to your personal tax return!

USA Athletes International

USAAI has been participating in international competition since 1992. Originally called the Midwest All-Stars, the organization provided overseas playing opportunities to baseball players. The success of that program eventually prompted requests from abroad for other sporting teams to participate. In 1998 the organization incorporated and received its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status (available upon request), changing its name to USA Athletes International. We now support a total of 15 different sports that compete in 25 different countries throughout the world.

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Phone: 913-397-9024
Fax: 913-782-5556
Email: info@usaai.org

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