UNITED STATES Olympians Give Back Through Habitat
United States Olympic athletes, coaches and hopefuls spread the Olympic spirit while making a difference at November’s Olympic Build Day with Habitat for Humanity.
Event participants worked alongside partner families on two Pikes Peak Habitat houses in Colorado Springs, Colo. Throughout the all-day build, athletes did everything from cutting steel beams to installing insulation to nailing down sub-flooring.
“As a Colorado Springs native, I truly appreciate how much this city has done to promote the Olympic movement,” said pentathlete Eli Bremer. “My Olympic dreams were born and fulfilled here, and the people of Colorado Springs could not have been more supportive. I’m proud that my fellow Olympians and I can work through the USOC’s Team for Tomorrow to give back to the city that has been so dedicated to supporting our dreams.”
Bremer is one of 10 athlete ambassadors for the Team for Tomorrow. Launched before the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the program is the ongoing humanitarian relief effort of America’s Olympic and Paralympic Teams. The effort includes donations, volunteerism and other relief contributions to organizations including Habitat for Humanity, one of the selected causes of the 2008 teams.
In addition to the Olympic Build Day, athletes across the United States also are donating service hours to Habitat affiliates in their home communities. These athletes include race walker Phillip Dunn, Paralympic swimming gold medalist Aaron Paulson, and Olympic field hockey players Lauren Powley and Amy Tran.