What is “Go for Gold”

Go for Gold is exciting young people all across Japan about America’s participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, while it celebrates our shared love of sports, encourages them to cheer for Team USA, and inspires them to study in the United States.

The U.S. Embassy, in collaboration with the Tokyo Board of Education has partnered with nearly 400 schools – from kindergarten to senior high schools and special needs schools – all across Tokyo.

Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky encourages a young swimmer to Go for Gold!

Go for Gold brings Olympians, Paralympians, and other athletes to local communities that will host Team USA during the Olympics and Paralympics.

Go for Gold sends American diplomats into the classrooms to talk to students, answer their questions, and help them practice their English. In some cases, these diplomats may be the first Americans students meet!

Go for Gold empowers teachers and, through special training programs, gives them the tools to better teach about America while improving their English teaching skills.

Olympic ice dancers Alex and Maia Shibutani visited a school in Japan as part of the Go for Gold campaign.

Go for Gold has drawn massive attention to the United States. Go for Gold programs have been a media hit, reaching millions on both sides of the Pacific.

Go for Gold is everywhere. From the snowy peaks of Hokkaido to the sunny beaches of Okinawa, Go for Gold is reaching more and more Japanese every day through our consulates in Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Naha.

Go for Gold is more than a celebration of sports. It’s about making new friends and strengthening old friendships. It’s about the next generation of Japanese and Americans learning from each other. American athletes, in partnership with the U.S. Mission to Japan, are part of a defining moment in Japan’s history.

Ready. Set. Go for gold!