WASHINGTON, D.C. – "Working together for a common goal" is a theme that has been used for decades in teamwork environments.

That is the exact reason for the U.S. Department of State's Women's World Cup Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through Sports, which will kick off this week in Washington, D.C. The Black & Gold will be represented as Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak, Co-Head Coach of the VCU women's soccer program, will be a part of the event.

The program brings five women's sports administrators from Bolivia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories, and South Africa will meet with their American counterparts from civil society, the private sector, academic institutions, and government to discuss ways to work together to empower women and girls throughout the world.

"I'm truly honored to be on the same panel with these amazing people," Roberts Sahaydak said. "This is a great program that we all hope provides a lasting influence for girls and women in sports worldwide."

Roberts Sahaydak will be entering her fifth season on the sidelines with the Rams, alongside her husband, Tim. She was an All-American standout at North Carolina and spent five years as a member of the U.S. National Team.

As a part of the national team, Roberts Sahaydak won a gold medal (1996) and a World Cup Championship (1999).

As a part of this exclusive event, Roberts Sahaydak will be a part of an American panel which will meet with the International Visitors to exchange ideas and best practices in the management of sports and recreational programs.

They will examine how athletic programs for women and girls promote leadership, teamwork, respect, self awareness and life skills, and how sports and recreation programs can make a positive impact on at-risk and underserved youth.