May 15, 2015, 4:22 p.m. (ET)


Anita DeFrantz understands the importance of hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the United States. DeFrantz, a rowing bronze medalist herself at the 1976 Olympic Games, served as vice president of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee in 1984 and watched as Team USA won 174 medals on home soil. She currently plays a role in the global impact of sport through her position as a member of the International Olympic Committee, which she began in 1986.

DeFrantz has served as the president of the LA84 Foundation for the past 28 years, serving youth through sport in southern California and overseeing the lasting legacy of the 1984 Games. Now, DeFrantz is ready to welcome a new generation of Olympians and Paralympians to the United States through Boston 2024. Watch the video above to see why DeFrantz backs Boston.