Many U.S. Olympians and Paralympians take an active role in spreading Olympism throughout communities across the country. Below is an abbreviated list of athletes and the foundations they have created, supporting Olympic education and encouraging youth to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

Steve Mesler, bobsled - Classroom Champions
Classroom Champions connects top performing athletes with students in high-need schools using video lessons and live video chat to motivate students to recognize their potential, set goals and dream big, while educating them in the practical use of communications technology.

Shannon Miller, gymnasticsShannon Miller Foundation
The Shannon Miller Foundation is dedicated to fighting childhood obesity through education and awareness, offering children the opportunity to be physically active, and gain greater nutritional knowledge. The Shannon Miller Running Club sponsors a free in-school program in the Jacksonville, Florida area that supports more than 7,000 children ages 5 through 14.

Tim Morehouse, fencingFencing in the Schools
Fencing in the Schools is an educational organization whose mission to “Empower youth to achieve excellence through the sport of fencing,” is carried out by bringing the sport of fencing to schools around the country to fight childhood obesity, foster the Olympic ideals and improve educational opportunities for youth.

Michael Phelps, swimming - Michael Phelps Foundation 
The Michael Phelps Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthy and active lives, especially for children.

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