Meridian’s Bicentennial Celebration of U.S.-Mexico Diplomatic Ties through Sports Diplomacy

Capturing the vibrant soul of the evening, Mariachi Oliveros filled the air with music and cheer as Meridian celebrated the bicentennial of diplomatic relations between the United States and Mexico through sports diplomacy at Meridian House in Washington, DC, on December 12, 2023. Photo by Jessica Latos.

In a grand culmination of the bicentennial celebration of diplomatic ties between the United States and Mexico, Meridian paid homage to the indispensable role of sports diplomacy in fortifying the bilateral relationship between the two nations during its reception and pop-up exhibition on December 12, 2023. The evening, filled with Mexican delicacies and music, featured insightful remarks from Amy Alvarez, Assistant Vice President of International External & Regulatory Affairs at AT&T, José Juan López Portillo, Head of the Political Section at the Embassy of Mexico, and Rachel Poynter, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mexico and Canada at the U.S. Department of State. The pop-up exhibition, a visual delight for attendees, showcased captivating panoramic photography from the "Revive tu Cancha" project, a collaborative effort by AT&T Mexico, Comex, and BlueWomenPinkMen to rehabilitate over 50 multipurpose sports courts in communities across Mexico. The vibrant imagery not only highlighted the transformation of these spaces but also emphasized the exceptional power of sports to create a shared foundation for communities, fostering connections, communication, and collaboration toward collective aspirations. In hosting this celebration, Meridian underscored its commitment to the transformative power of sports diplomacy as a cornerstone of fostering international understanding and cooperation.


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Project summary

Meridian’s Bicentennial Celebration of U.S.-Mexico Diplomatic Ties through Sports Diplomacy | December 2023
Number of Attendees: 100
Regions: Western Hemisphere
Countries: Mexico
Impact Areas: Cultural Diplomacy, Sports and Recreations
Program Areas: Culture
Partners: Private Sector