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Team USA Athletes Kick Off Campaign Celebrating The Importance Of Collegiate Sports

By Elizabeth Wyman | Oct. 25, 2020, 9 a.m. (ET)

Ashton Eaton throws a javelin during the decathlon competition at the USA Track and Field National Championships on June 26, 2009 in Eugene, Ore.


On October 13, the USOPC relaunched its Olympians Made Here and Paralympians Made Here campaigns, an athlete-led effort that celebrated the value of college sports. The recalibrated solidarity campaigns were redesigned with the athlete voice at the center and included participation across nearly 250 athletes, schools, conferences and NGBs. Participants were encouraged to post custom graphics on social media to highlight the value college sports provide to them, their student-athletes or their sports. The next campaign-wide coordinated social post will shine a spotlight on school communities on Jan. 25, 2021.


Hannah Aspden – Para Swimming – Queens University of Charlotte 


Ashton Eaton – Track and Field – University of Oregon 


Carmelita Jeter – Track and Field – University of Alabama 


Sho Nakamori – Gymnastics – Stanford University 

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Although I trained each and every day of my athletic career with the intention of making it to the land of the Olympians, I ultimately fell a bit short. Regardless, I have lot to be thankful for. Without @stanfordmensgymnastics, I wouldn’t be who I am today. Thank you for helping me become a better leader, believer of teamwork, a global thinker, NCAA Champion and a Team USA athlete! ⁣ .⁣ Also a quick shoutout to the USOPC’s Collegiate Athlete Thought Leader Group. Honored to be able to work alongside some of the most accomplished athletes and brilliant minds!⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ #olympiansmadehere #gostanford #teamusa #usa #unitedstates #ncaa #olympics #stanford #college #collegesports #gymnastics #love #sports #fitness #totaltaiso

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Oklahoma State University 


Colleen Quigley - Track and Field – Florida State University 

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Without @FSU_Track, I wouldn’t be who I am today. My time as an NCAA athlete helped me become a leader, scholar, role model, competitor, trailblazer and U.S. Olympian! As budgets everywhere tighten, schools are trying to quantify the value of collegiate athletics. I reflect on my time as a Nole and know without a doubt that I wouldn’t be where I am and who I am today without being an NCAA athlete. Now I volunteer coach with Portland State Univeristy @psuvikstf and watch our student-athletes grow and flourish as well-rounded human beings. I know we are changing lives. I’m a proud Seminole for life and will always be grateful for the people who shaped my experience in Tallahassee. Grateful for my past and dedicated to paying it forward. #OlympiansMadeHere #Noles #Viks

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Matt Scott– Wheelchair Basketball – University of Wisconsin Whitewater 


University of Northern Iowa 


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