Team for Tomorrow Program History
The USOC launched Team for Tomorrow in 2008 in partnership with U.S. Olympians and Paralympians to provide a vehicle through which U.S. athletes can offer their assistance and support to those in need around the world, as well as a means to continue spreading the Olympic Values of excellence, friendship and respect. Through this initiative, U.S. athletes offer assistance and support in the form of donations, volunteerism, disaster recovery support, advocacy and other contributions to communities.
In the most recent edition of the Team for Tomorrow program, 11 Athlete Ambassadors united with local YMCAs, Boy & Girls Clubs and elementary schools in their hometowns or training communities to share their journey of competing in the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. These ambassadors each made two local appearances, assisting with afterschool activities, leading sport clinics and sharing their personal stories with young people to reinforce the importance of making healthy choices a priority from a young age. Following the Sochi Games, an additional 14 U.S. Olympians and Paralympians supported the cause by visiting local clubs.
Participating athletes also made donations to the community groups they visited, including laptop computers, digital cameras, and an exclusive sport equipment package that featured items like sitting scooters, jump ropes, cones, an agility ladder and hurdle set.
To learn more about the Team USA athletes who participated in Team for Tomorrow activities in 2014, click here.
In the midst of preparing for and competing in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, 10 Athlete Ambassadors connected with local YMCAs and Boys & Girls Clubs in their hometowns or training communities. During these visits, athletes donated approximately 40 service hours helping with afterschool activities, leading sport clinics and speaking to young people about the importance of living an active and healthy lifestyle. Ambassadors provided tools to youth that helped bridge the digital divide in academics and social environments by donating more than two dozen digital cameras and laptop computers. Following the London Games, an additional 10 U.S. Olympians and Paralympians supported the cause by visiting local YMCAs, and one athlete participated in a Healthy Kids Day celebration hosted by the YMCA of Greater Long Beach. Altogether, 13 states and 22 communities were impacted by Team for Tomorrow efforts.
Additionally, in the weeks following Superstorm Sandy, Team for Tomorrow donated 5,000 fleece jackets to Goodwill Industries of Greater New York & Northern New Jersey for people who lost similar items and were in need of warm clothing due to the storm.
To learn more about the Team USA athletes who participated in Team for Tomorrow activities in 2012, click here.
The 2010 Team for Tomorrow class of Athlete Ambassadors represented all eight winter National Governing Bodies and U.S. Paralympics, and the impact expanded beyond a national level. During the 2009 holiday season, as the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games approached, Athlete Ambassadors visited children's hospitals and schools to encourage young patients to reach for their dreams. Team for Tomorrow also empowered each winter NGB to select a deserving institution in its community to receive Team USA-branded digital cameras.
Team for Tomorrow also partnered with Habitat for Humanity, completing four builds nationwide following the 2010 Games. With the addition of individual local efforts organized by several 2010 athletes, overall, Team USA athletes donated nearly 400 service hours to Habitat for Humanity during the first six months of 2010.
Beyond outreach in local communities, the U.S. Olympic family assisted the Haitian Olympic Committee following the catastrophic earthquake in Port au Prince on Jan. 12, 2010. The assistance totaled nearly $140,000 worth of sporting equipment. Thanks to the support of U.S. National Governing Bodies, the Athletes' Advisory Council, Multi-Sport Organizations, individual Americans and other sporting organizations in the United States, Team for Tomorrow donated essential health and wellness items as requested by the HOC, and helped administer psycho-social programs to help children take their mind off the natural disaster by playing sports. The USOC also worked in conjunction with the HOC, the Pan American Sports Organization, and the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organization to bring hope and inspiration to earthquake-wrecked Haiti through the participation of Haitian athletes in the Central American and Caribbean Games.
In the fall of 2009, the USOC donated nearly 25,000 items of athletic apparel and equipment to youth in Afghanistan, Guinea, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia on behalf of Team for Tomorrow. Donations included items like T-shirts, pants, backpacks and volleyballs.
To learn more about the Team USA athletes who participated in Team for Tomorrow activities in 2010, click here.
In its inaugural year, Team for Tomorrow aimed to spread the Olympic values in local communities through disaster relief and athlete outreach. On behalf of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes, the USOC donated 1,000 relief tents to survivors of the May 12, 2008 earthquake in China’s Sichuan Province that left approximately 5 million people homeless – the Yurt Dome Relief Tents were transported to Chengdu, Sichuan, China, one of the hardest hit areas of the earthquake.
In an effort to assist those in need in the United States, U.S. Olympians and Paralympians donated service hours to Habitat for Humanity after the 2008 Games, supporting local affiliates in their hometown areas by helping to build new homes across the country.
To learn more about the Team USA athletes who participated in Team for Tomorrow activities in 2008, click here.