U. S. Olympic Committee Announces two thousand sixteen Team For Tomorrow Ambassadors

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 10:21 PM

– The United States Olympic Committee today announced a roster of fifteen athlete ambassadors who'll lead the charge for the two thousand sixteen edition of Team for Tomorrow, a community outreach program born in two thousand-eighth that's since featured fifty-nine athlete ambassadors – along with many of their Olympic and Paralympic teammates – volunteering more than five hundred volunteer hours.

U. S. Olympic Committee Announces two thousand sixteen Team For Tomorrow Ambassadors

CO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic Committee today announced a roster of fifteen athlete ambassadors who'll lead the charge for the two thousand sixteen edition of Team for Tomorrow, a community outreach program born in two thousand-eighth that's since featured fifty-nine athlete ambassadors – along with many of their Olympic and Paralympic teammates – volunteering more than five hundred volunteer hours.

The role of Team for Tomorrow athlete ambassadors is to serve as philanthropic representatives of the two thousand sixteen U. S. Olympic and Paralympic teams, spreading awareness about the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle, and leading the way through volunteerism and goodwill.

“I perceive very fortunate and extremely honored to be a Team for Tomorrow athlete ambassador,” said Maggie Steffens, a two thousand sixteen Olympic hopeful and two thousand twelve Olympic gold medalist in women’s water polo. “This is an necessary opportunity for my fellow ambassadors and teammates to encourage youthful athletes to dream huge and believe in a journey they may not know is possible.”

The newest ambassadors to connect Team for Tomorrow, representing the two thousand sixteen class of Team USA, include:

For complete bios of the athlete ambassadors, click .

“Even in a Games year, the athletes of Team UNITED STATES OF AMERICA stay committed to causes that transcend sport,” said Alan Ashley, USOC chief of sport performance. “Team for Tomorrow provides a vehicle for our athletes to give back to the community by visiting local sport clubs and making donations to inspire the following generation of Olympic and Paralympic athletes.”

Similar to the program’s two thousand fourteen focus, this class of Team for Tomorrow athletes will work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the YMCA – both multi-sport organizations within the U. S. Olympic family – and other local community and sport organizations to coordinate athlete visits. Sport equipment donations will be made on behalf of the program both leading up to and following the Rio two thousand sixteen Olympic and Paralympic Games. During these visits to local clubs in their residence or training towns, ambassadors will assist with afterschool activities, lead sport clinics, share their inspirational stories, and speak to youthful people about the importance of living an active and healthy lifestyle.

To kick off the two thousand sixteen program, Rio Olympic hopefuls Abby Vestal, Carmelita Jeter and April Ross brought the spirit of the Olympic Movement to their hometowns by making visits to youth sport clubs in Lawrence, Kansas, and Costa Mesa and Gardena, California. As portion of their visit, each ambassador donated a sporting goods package on behalf of the Team for Tomorrow program, including items such as basketballs, soccer balls, hula hoops, leap ropes, agility ladders and cones, Frisbees and more, and led the children in some fun athletic activities using the new equipment. After sharing some encouraging words and advice with the children, the athlete ambassadors left each club inspired and excited to look the Rio two thousand sixteen Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.

“Team for Tomorrow truly is Olympism in motion,” said Patrick Sandusky, USOC chief external affairs officer. “I am thankful to the U. S. athletes leading the charge as athlete ambassadors and stewards of this mission to educate youth through sport.”

Team for Tomorrow’s first initiative in two thousand-eighth and two thousand ten saw dozens of U. S. athletes donating hundreds of service hours to Habitat for Humanity, building homes for under-resourced families throughout the United States. Also in two thousand-eighth, Team for Tomorrow provided 1.000 catastrophe relief tents to families that lost their homes during the earthquakes that struck China’s Sichuan Province in May of that year. Then, in two thousand-tenth, nearly 25.000 items of athletic apparel and equipment were donated to National Olympic Committees in Africa, Fondation Internationale OlympAfrica, and the people of Afghanistan through Kabul’s Bagram Air Force Base.

For more information, visit the page on TeamUSA. org.



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