Gardner Elected to AAC Leadership
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 26, 2013) – Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.), a two-time Olympian with the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, has been elected as an at-large member of the Leadership Team for the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Advisory Council (AAC) for the 2013-2016 quadrennial.
“The position entails leading the AAC council of athletes, representing the USOC during marquee domestic and international events (including Olympic Games and Pan American Games) as well as working directly with the USOC leadership on several topics important to athletes,” said Gardner, 36, who won an Olympic gold medal with the U.S. Men’s Team in 2008 in Beijing.
“I wanted the position because I am passionate about the Olympic Movement and representing athletes all over the country who have big dreams of one day being an Olympian.”
Gardner was voted to his second, four-year term as USA Volleyball’s representative to the AAC in December of 2012.
Gardner, who received an undergraduate degree in human biology from Stanford, is part of the Team USA Leadership and Learning Academy with the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University where he is pursuing a certificate in Olympic sport leadership.
U.S. Women’s National Team player Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), who was elected to be USAV’s alternate AAC representative in December, will replace Gardner as USA Volleyball’s main representative to the AAC.
Barboza, 26, has competed for the United States in the FIVB Volleyball World Championship, FIVB World Cup and FIVB World Grand Prix, as well as the Pan American Games and Pan American Cup.
“Gabe has done an incredible job of laying the foundation and setting some great objectives, and I'm looking forward to picking up where he left off,” Barboza said. “USA Volleyball has been a big part of my life for the last 12 years, and I am honored to be in a position where I can help improve the athlete experience.
“I am particularly passionate about connecting our athletes to the community and empowering them with the resources to be great on and off the court.”
At the age of 18, Barboza was the youngest member of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team when she joined the team in 2004. She is a three-time alternate for the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team.
Barboza graduated from Stanford in 2009 with a degree in political science.
Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.), a setter on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team that won the gold medal, has been elected to be the new alternate for Barboza. The USOC requires that the alternate be of the opposite gender of the main representative.
Hansen, 30, graduated from Stanford in 2005. He has an undergraduate degree in economics and a master's degree in communications.
The AAC representatives from each sport National Governing Body meet three times a year to discuss a variety of issues of importance to Olympic-caliber athletes.