COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, in conjunction with the United States Olympic & Paralympic Foundation, continues its efforts to raise funds for U.S. athletes during Team USA Giving Week, which runs July 23-30. After beginning Giving Week with the launch of the COVID Athlete Assistance Fund, the USOPC and USOPF are celebrating the resiliency and dedication of Team USA athletes as they adapt to the pandemic and the postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. 

 

“We are proud to engage our committed and passionate network of supporters to help raise funds for athletes who need extra support because of the unprecedented impact of the pandemic and the Tokyo Games postponement,” said Christine Walshe, president of the USOPF. “Team USA athletes represent the values we all strive to uphold: courage, hard work, determination and perseverance. They are living these values as they work toward representing the U.S. in Tokyo next summer, and it’s only fitting that we rise to this occasion by supporting and celebrating them with the same level of dedication." 

 

With virtual athlete events, social media activations and a return-to-sport webinar, fans are encouraged to tune in and support Team USA athletes through donations to the athlete assistance fund. The marquee event of Giving Week is a webinar about returning to sport in the United States, set for Tuesday, July 28 at 12 p.m. EST. The webinar will be headlined by Carli Lloyd, two-time Olympic champion and U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team midfielder, and will be hosted by NBC Sports' Ahmed Fareed. The webinar also includes Dr. Jonathan Finnoff, USOPC chief medical officer, and Dr. Kensa Gunter, a licensed sport psychologist and member of the USOPC's Mental Health Taskforce, as panelists. Registration for the event is free, and the suggested donation to attend is $25, with all gifts going to the athlete assistance fund.

 

Team USA Giving Week will also be celebrated across all Team USA social handles. Team USA fans and donors are encouraged to join the digital engagements today as Olympic silver medalist Sandi Morris will lead a high-energy, family-friendly virtual workout. On July 25, five-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin and two-time Paralympic bronze medalist Dartanyon Crockett are teaming up for an Instagram Live to share their experience with overcoming obstacles, while eight-time Olympic medalist Apolo Ohno will hold a Facebook Live. Fans can join Olympic bronze medalist Alex Deibold on Monday, July 27 as he takes over Team USA's Instagram story for the day. Team USA fans are encouraged to join the digital engagements on Team USA's FacebookTwitterInstagram and TikTok accounts. 

 

While Team USA Giving Week is scheduled through July 30, the USOPF’s fundraising efforts around the athlete assistance fund will extend through Sept. 30, with the target of providing direct financial support to athletes by November 2020. To give to U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes, please visit the COVID Athlete Assistance Fund donation website.