U.S. Olympic Committee partners with Global Sports Development to enhance athlete career development through three-year pilot program

By United States Olympic Committee | Dec. 12, 2013, 9:30 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The United States Olympic Committee, in partnership with The Foundation for Global Sports Development, today announced the launch of a three-year pilot program aimed at enhancing career development for Team USA athletes. The program is the latest step taken by the USOC to implement the recommendations of its Working Group for Athlete Career, Education and Life Skills.

“As sport administrators, we are committed to creating a sustainable program that emphasizes athlete development,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “This pilot program is fundamental to our mission, and we are extremely grateful to our partners at GSD for their generous support.”

Based on recommendations from the working group, the USOC will hire dedicated staff charged with guiding career development for Team USA athletes and assisting with the transition away from elite sport. The staff – featuring a director of athlete services and three career development coaches – will report to Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, USOC chief of organizational excellence.

“The USOC is in a unique position to lead a culture that values and addresses how elite athletes transition from competition to their next endeavor,” said Fitzgerald Mosley. “As a former athlete, I am thrilled to be a part of this new program, which will support American athletes by providing them with the skills they need to be successful, both on and off the field of play.”

GSD joins the USOC’s Official Career Management Services Sponsor, Adecco, and Official Education Provider, DeVry University, as the latest supporter of the USOC Athlete Career Program. The ACP was established in 2005 to provide career training and job placement assistance to both current and retired Team USA athletes.

“At Global Sports Development, our focus is supporting elite athletes who dedicate their time to inspiring youth around the world,” said Steven Ungerleider, GSD executive board member. “We are honored to support the long-term needs of Team USA athletes, and enhance their opportunities to achieve excellence beyond the world of sport.”

A long-time supporter of the Olympic Movement, GSD is dedicated to delivering programs that promote sportsmanship, education, fair play and ethics to youth around the world. 

“One of GSD’s core values is teamwork and we are delighted to join the USOC in supporting Team USA,” said David Ulich, GSD executive board member. “These athletes spend their formative years preparing to represent their country at the highest level, and the Athlete Career Program recognizes a vital resource that will help American athletes prepare for life after competition.”