David Thompson has been elected to serve as USA Team Handball Athlete Advisory Council representative. Tomuke Ebuwei has been selected as the alternate.
Ebuwei and Thompson were elected from a pool of eligible athletes who competed in the Pan American Games, World Championships or the Olympic Games in the past 10 years. They will serve as full members of USA Team Handball's Board of Directors and make up will make up 22 percent of its vote. The two will serve from Jan. 1, 2009 to Dec. 31, 2012 and will participate in annual board meetings, vote and represent team handball athletes on all issues.
In order to protect and communicate the interests of athletes, the USOC Athletes' Advisory Council comprises a representative from each Olympic and Pan American sport in addition to two Paralympic athlete representatives. In compliance with USOC bylaws, each certified national governing body is responsible for holding an election to select representatives from a pool of eligible athletes.
Thompson, who competed as a goalie at the 2003 Pan American Games, lives in Alabama, plays for Atlanta Team Handball and is a church pastor. Ebuwei, the captain of the women's national team, competed at the 2003 Pan American Games. Primarily a back, she resides in State College, Pennsylvania and is a graduate student at Penn State University.
"Matt Van Houten served handball in an incredibly difficult era and all of us are grateful for his time and efforts. At the same time, he is turning over the reins to very capable successors in David Thompson and Tomuke Ebuwei, who I know will do their utmost to continue to bring the handball community together," said GM Steve Pastorino.
For more information on Athlete Advisory Council, please visit www.teamusa.org/content/index/1585.