U.S. Paralympics

U.S. Paralympics

May 27 2010 U.S. Olympians, Paralympians Join Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity May 29 for Olympic/Paralympic Build Day

May 27, 2010, 3:06 p.m. (ET)

Athlete Ambassadors Katherine Reutter, Steven Nyman among athletes giving back to community as part of Team for Tomorrow Humanitarian Fund

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Members of the 2010 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams are joining together to share the spirit of the Olympic Movement on Saturday, May 29, during the Olympic and Paralympic Build Day with Habitat for Humanity in Salt Lake City, Utah. Several Vancouver Olympians and Paralympians are participating in the all-day build, including Team for Tomorrow Athlete Ambassadors Katherine Reutter (speedskating, silver and bronze medalist) and Steven Nyman (alpine skiing). They will be joined by moguls skier Emily Cook, Paralympic skier Danelle Umstead and other 2010 teammates.

The May 29 build will be held at a construction site at 7440 West Humanity Cove (2820 West), Magna, Utah, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The athletes will be working with a group of volunteers on various construction projects. Members of the media are welcome to attend the build to capture interviews, photos and b-roll of the 2010 Olympians and Paralympians.

The Salt Lake City build will mark the third Olympic and Paralympic Build Day with Habitat for Humanity. The first took place on Nov. 22, 2008, with members of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the second took place on April 22, 2010, with members of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team in Washington, D.C.

All of the builds are a part of the USOC's Team for Tomorrow fund. Launched prior to the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Team for Tomorrow is the ongoing humanitarian relief effort of America's Olympic and Paralympic Teams that consists of donations, volunteerism and other relief contributions to organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.

Team for Tomorrow provides a vehicle for America's top athletes to gain an even deeper meaning out of representing the United States as an Olympic and Paralympic athlete. Through the fund, athletes also help further the Olympic ideals of goodwill, solidarity and peace by spreading Olympism to their hometown communities. Thirteen athletes from each winter NGB have become Team for Tomorrow Athlete Ambassadors, including Reutter and Nyman, serving as captains and advocates of the program and getting their teammates involved. To see the full list of Athlete Ambassadors, click here.

In addition to the build days, members of the 2010 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team have the opportunity to donate service hours to Habitat for Humanity affiliates in their local communities, and several have already signed up. They will be paired with a build site and scheduled for volunteer days this spring and summer. In 2008, hundreds of volunteer hours were donated to Habitat for Humanity by members of the 2008 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams as part of Team for Tomorrow.

Donations to Youth in Afghanistan and Africa
Team for Tomorrow also extends its reach beyond the United States to help people in need around the globe. On behalf of the 2010 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, the USOC donated more than 24,000 items of athletic apparel and sports items to National Olympic Committees and community organizations in Africa and Afghanistan in the fall of 2009. The items will allow impoverished children the opportunity to use sport and play to help aid their health and development.

Children's Hospital and School Visits
Throughout the last six months, U.S. Olympians and Paralympians have visited a multitude of children's hospitals and at-needs schools as part of Team for Tomorrow. They have impacted hundreds of children across the country, sharing the Olympic ideals, encouraging the kids to lead healthy and active lifestyles, and donating Team for Tomorrow digital cameras in an effort to support health and education initiatives.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY & DIRECTIONS
Media interested in attending the Olympic and Paralympic Build Day with Habitat for Humanity, or in obtaining photos or quotes, should contact Linda Jager at linda.jager@comcast.net. Directions to the build site:

From I-80 or 215, take 201 West. Exit at 7200 West, taking a left at the traffic light. Turn right on 2820 South. The development is on the right hand side, and the street is the first West of Millard Cove. The address is 7440 West Humanity Cove (2820 West), Magna, Utah.

About Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity
Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity seeks to build decent, affordable homes for working families in need through partnership with volunteers in our community. SLVHFH was founded in 1986 as a private 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization We partner with families making 30-60 percent of the area median income, who participate in the program by providing 200 hours of "sweat equity," working side by side with volunteers to build their own homes as well as their neighbors within their community. www.habitatsaltlake.com

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitat.org.

About the USOC
The USOC is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the sole entity in the United States whose mission involves training, entering and underwriting the full expenses for the U.S. teams in the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games. In addition to being the steward of the U.S. Olympic Movement, the USOC is the moving force for support of sports in the United States that are on the program of the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games

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