WNT May 1, 2012
U.S. midfielder Heather O’Reilly has been named a Team for Tomorrow Athlete Ambassador ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.
The program, launched in 2008 by America's Olympic and Paralympic athletes and the United States Olympic Committee, continues to make a difference for those in need around the world.
Team for Tomorrow is a humanitarian relief effort through which U.S. athletes offer assistance and support to people around the world who are in need. Humanitarian relief and assistance takes place in the form of donations, volunteerism, disaster recovery support, advocacy and other contributions to communities. The program offers U.S. athletes a way to stay connected to sport in a meaningful way, finding new significance in what it means to represent their country.
The Team for Tomorrow Athlete Ambassadors will serve as captains of the program on behalf of the entire 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams. As ambassadors, this select group of athletes will act as advocates and champions of the effort, educating their U.S. teammates and spreading awareness about Team for Tomorrow's causes for the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team. The ambassadors include:
· Tony Azevedo, water polo
· Rachel Dawson, field hockey
· Anjali Forber-Pratt, Paralympic track & field
· Rudy Garcia-Tolson, Paralympic swimming
· Jessica Hardy, swimming
· Gwen Jorgensen, triathlon
· Tim Morehouse, fencing
· David Oliver, track & field
· Heather O'Reilly, soccer
· Mary Whipple, rowing
Between now and the London 2012 Games, Team for Tomorrow will connect Athlete Ambassadors and their teammates with local YMCAs and Boys & Girls Clubs in their hometown or training communities. These athletes will donate service hours helping with afterschool activities, leading sport clinics and speaking to young people about the importance of living an active and healthy lifestyle.
Additionally, U.S. Olympians, Paralympians and London hopefuls across the country will visit children's hospitals and at-needs schools both leading up to and following the Games. They will share their journeys of determination and commitment to reaching their ultimate goal - the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games - while encouraging children to reach for their dreams.
Team for Tomorrow's first initiative in 2008 provided 1,000 disaster relief tents to families that lost their homes during the earthquakes that struck China's Sichuan Province in May of that year. Then, in 2010, nearly 25,000 items of athletic apparel and equipment were donated to National Olympic Committees in Africa, Fondation Internationale OlympAfrica, and the people of Afghanistan through Kabul's Bagram Air Force Base.
In both 2008 and 2010, U.S. athletes donated hundreds of service hours to Habitat for Humanity after returning from both Beijing and Vancouver. For more information, visit the Team for Tomorrow page on TeamUSA.org.