Bo McDougal set to head overseas to take part in the Vienna Ambassador games

June 14, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Instead of taking a vacation like most college administrators during the summer, JU Director of Sports Medicine Bo McDougal will continue to stay busy as he will head to Vienna, Austria to serve as an athletic trainer for Team USA at the Vienna Ambassador games beginning June 20.

The Vienna Ambassador games are a part of the People to People Sports Ambassador programs, which are an athletic, educational travel experience that cultivates personal growth and development all while providing leadership life lessons through sport.

McDougal, entering his 24th year at JU, will be one of four athletic trainers with the America delegation that will bring 835 athletes ranging from 11-19 years old to the games that will run through July 4. An estimated 2,000 to 3,000 athletes will take place in the Ambassador games, which will feature such sports as baseball, basketball, bowling, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball and wrestling.

"What interested me the most about doing this was their mission rather than the athletics side," said McDougal, who is making his third overseas sports trip in his career. "I read online about what they were trying to accomplish, which got me hooked and wanting to participate. It's really going to be a great experience and I can't wait to see how it turns out."

The People to People Sports Ambassador program was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 with main goal of fostering world friendship and understanding through one-to-one communication between citizens of different nations. He believed that if people could visit each others' homes, attend their schools, and see their worship, then the misunderstandings, misperceptions, and resulting suspicions - which were making nuclear war a viable option - would disappear. President Eisenhower wanted people to know and understand that while we are all very different, our values, goals and day-to-day issues are very much the same.

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