Update from the Athletes' Advisory Council: USOC AAC Representatives named and Internal AAC to be formed

Nov. 29, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

Athletes' Advisory Council Update: USOC AAC Representatives named and Internal AAC to be formed

USOC AAC: The representatives from USA Team Handball to the USOC Athletes’ Advisory Council have been determined after a duly noticed call for nominations. Tomuke “T” Ebuwei will serve as the representative and David Thompson will serve as the alternate. Only athletes who competed in the Pan Am Games, Olympic Games or World Championships within the ten year period prior to January 1, 2013 are eligible to serve as the AAC representative. 

Tomuke Ebuwei graduated from Penn State University where she was competed on the Volleyball team. She helped captain the Nittany Lions to two NCAA Division I Championship Finals. She first saw team handball in action on television in the 1992 Goodwill Games. After college she was encouraged to try out for team handball by the athletic administrator from the university where she was coaching volleyball at the time. In the summer of 2003, Tomuke was picked as one of the WNT athletes for the 2003 Pan Am Games in the Dominican Republic. Since then she has participated in the residency program in Cortland, NY, played for a club team in Sweden and continues to referee and play in the US. Tomuke completed her MBA at Penn State in 2010 and is currently taking classes towards a PhD. She resides in the DC area with her daughter and two dogs.

David Thompson was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, AL. David earned a B.S. in Art from the University of Alabama and is currently in Seminary at Memphis Theological. David is currently a full time pastor in Birmingham, Al. He is married to Tina and they have three daughters, Madelyn (5), Anna Blakely (3) and Lily (1). David has been a member of the United States Team Handball National team since 2001 and has represented the USA in 2 Pan American Games, a World Championships and various other international competitions; he is the vice president of the USATH Board of Directors and was the team handball representative on the Athletes Advisory Council for the U.S. Olympic Committee from 2008-2012. David enjoys time with family, sports and playing music.

Both T and David will continue to serve on the Board of Directors of USA Team Handball.

USATH AAC:  Effective January 1, 2013, the USA Team Handball Athletes’ Advisory Council will be formed to advocate for athletes’ rights and communicate the interests of team handball athletes to the Board of Directors. Tomuke  Ebuwei will serve as Chair, and David Thompson will be the Vice Chair.  The third member of the USATH AAC shall be Men’s National Team athlete Mark Ortega. The committee will be composed of 5-6 members. Athletes interested in being considered for service on the USATH AAC should email their statement of interest to Tomuke Ebuwei at tlebuwei@yahoo.com on or before December 21, 2012.