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Ashreen becomes first Bangladeshi to get into ESPN mentorship program

  • Published at 03:02 pm September 24th, 2018
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Bangladesh women’s national basketball team shooting guard Ashreen Mridha

Ashreen Mridha will be matched with leading female executives from America’s top sports organizations for the five-week mentorship program

Ashreen Mridha, former captain of Bangladesh women’s national basketball team became the first Bangladeshi basketball player to join the Global Sports Mentoring Program (GSMP) funded by ESPN and the United States. 

The Bangladesh women’s national basketball team shooting guard will be matched with leading female executives from America’s top sports organizations for the five-week mentorship program from September 23 to October 31. 

Ashreen was introduced to basketball through her father, who organized sports events at her school. She found a group of local girls who were also interested in sport and they began training together in the evenings at the federation’s training academy. 

As a member of the national team, Ashreen participated in 6 international events since 2009, including the first South Asian Women’s Basketball (SABA) Championship in 2016. She captained the Kolkata-Bangladesh friendly series in India the same year.

The Global Sports Mentoring Program is an initiative created by the US Department of State in collaboration with EspnW and the University of Tennessee’s Center for Sport, Peace, and Society. 

In its seventh year, the GSMP is the flagship professional development exchange supporting the State Department’s ongoing efforts to advance the rights and status of women and girls around the world through sports.