Athletes include two-time Olympic champion David Wise and eight-time Paralympic medalist Oksana Masters

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The sixth class of the Team for Tomorrow youth outreach program is visiting schools and youth groups across the country this spring and summer. Athlete ambassadors are giving back to their local communities, inspiring the next generation of Olympic and Paralympic athletes, and donating new sports equipment packages on behalf of the 2018 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams.

 

Thirteen athlete ambassadors from 9 sports are serving as philanthropic representatives for the 2018 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams that competed in PyeongChang, South Korea, spreading the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle, and leading the way through volunteerism and goodwill. The 10-year initiative has featured a total of 89 athlete ambassadors over six classes.

 

“It is an absolute honor to be an ambassador for Team USA's Team for Tomorrow Program,” said 2018 Paralympic bronze medalist Jamie Stanton (alpine skiing). “I was so excited to go back to my elementary school to promote healthy living, sports and share my story. Elementary school kids are at the perfect age to begin creating habits of healthy living and get involved with sports. I hope my story is one that inspires kids to set their own path and strive to be the best at everything in life.”

 

Team for Tomorrow launched in 2008 to provide a vehicle for Team USA athletes to serve their communities, offer their assistance and support to those in need, and continue spreading the Olympic Values of excellence, friendship and respect.  

 

The 2017-18 Team for Tomorrow program kicked off before the PyeongChang Games with two-time Olympian Devin Logan (freestyle skiing) and three-time Paralympian Penny Greely (wheelchair curling) visiting elementary schools in Park City, Utah, and Green Bay, Wis., respectively. Following the Games, visits have been made by eight athletes including Stanton, two-time Olympic champion David Wise (freestyle skiing) and three-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor (bobsled).

 

Wise visited Wooster High School in Reno, Nev. where he met with the mountain bike and ski clubs before addressing an all-school assembly at his alma mater.

 

“It’s really cool to be able to come back and share [my story] with these folks,” Wise said. “My goal here is to inspire these kids to shoot for the stars. Find what dream they want to chase and chase it to its end.”

 

The 2018 Team for Tomorrow ambassadors include:

  • Kendall Coyne, ice hockey*
  • Kali Flanagan, ice hockey
  • Penny Greely, wheelchair curling
  • Noah Hoffman, cross-country skiing
  • Chris Kinney, bobsled
  • Devin Logan, freestyle skiing
  • Oksana Masters, Para Nordic skiing
  • Elana Meyers Taylor, bobsled*
  • Josh Pauls, sled hockey
  • Alex Rigsby, ice hockey
  • John Shuster, curling
  • Jamie Stanton, Para alpine skiing
  • David Wise, freestyle skiing

 

*two-time Team for Tomorrow athlete ambassador

 

“In the same way that Team USA athletes are dedicated to their training and representing the U.S. in competition, they take great pride in giving back to the community,” said Alan Ashley, USOC chief of sport performance. “Team for Tomorrow provides an opportunity for athletes to engage with kids and young adults through in-person visits to schools or sport clubs and inspire the next generation of Olympic and Paralympic athletes.”

 

For complete bios of the athlete ambassadors and upcoming Team for Tomorrow visits, click here

 

About Team for Tomorrow
Team for Tomorrow began in 2008 as an opportunity for Team USA athletes to give back to their local communities, offer their assistance and support to those in need around the world, and continue spreading the Olympic Values of excellence, friendship and respect. Through this initiative, U.S. athletes provide support in the form of donations, volunteerism, disaster recovery support, advocacy and other contributions to communities. The program has continued around each successive Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. For more information, visit the Team for Tomorrow page at TeamUSA.org.

 

About the USOC
Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the United States Olympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. The USOC is focused on protecting, supporting and empowering America’s athletes, and is responsible for fielding U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, and serving as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the U.S. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org.