Athlete Ambassadors Caitlin Cahow and Liz Stephen among athletes giving back to community as part of Team for Tomorrow Humanitarian Fund
WASHINGTON (April 15, 2010) – Members of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team are joining together to share the spirit of the Olympic Movement on April 22 for Olympic Build Day with Habitat for Humanity in Washington, D.C. Several Vancouver Olympians are participating in the all-day build, including 10 members of the silver medal-winning women’s hockey team. Team for Tomorrow Athlete Ambassador Caitlin Cahow, four-time Olympian Angela Ruggiero and three-time Olympian Julie Chu will be at the build. They will be joined by Team for Tomorrow Athlete Ambassador and cross-country skier Liz Stephen.
Habitat for Humanity International partners with U.S. Olympic Committee to build at Habitat affiliate in Washington, DC. Ten members of the U.S. Women’s silver medal-winning hockey team and one member of the U.S. cross country ski team participated. Marking and cutting a piece of sheet rock are hockey team members (left to right) Meghan Duggan, Brianne McLaughlin and Julie Chu.
Hockey team members Meghan Duggan (left) and Julie Chu drill holes in sheet rock during a recent build with Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C.
The April 22 build will be held at a construction site on 55th St. and Clay St. NE from 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. The athletes will work with a group of volunteers on six homes in partnership with families in need of decent housing. Media is welcome to attend the build to capture interviews, photos and b-roll.
The Washington, D.C., build will mark the second Olympic Build Day with Habitat for Humanity. The first took place on Nov. 22, 2008, with members of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Both builds are a part of the USOC’s Team for Tomorrow fund. Launched prior to the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Team for Tomorrow is the ongoing humanitarian relief effort of America’s Olympic and Paralympic Teams that consists of donations, volunteerism and other relief contributions to organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.
Team for Tomorrow provides a vehicle for America’s top athletes to gain an even deeper meaning out of representing the United States as Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Through the fund, athletes also help further the Olympic ideals of goodwill, understanding, tolerance and harmony by spreading Olympism to their hometown communities. Thirteen athletes from each winter National Guard Biathlon have become Team for Tomorrow Athlete Ambassadors, including Cahow and Stephen, who serve as captains and advocates of the program. View the full list of Athlete Ambassadors: http://www.teamusa.org/resources/usoc-programs/team-for-tomorrow-fund .
Members of the 2010 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams have the opportunity to donate service hours to Habitat for Humanity affiliates in their local communities, and several have already signed up. They will be paired with a build site and scheduled for volunteer days this spring and summer. In 2008, hundreds of volunteer hours were donated to Habitat for Humanity by members of the 2008 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams as part of Team for Tomorrow.
Team for Tomorrow also extends its reach beyond the United States to help people in need of housing around the globe. On behalf of the 2010 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, the USOC donated more than 24,000 items of athletic apparel and sports items to National Olympic Committees and community organizations in Africa and Afghanistan in the fall of 2009. The items will allow impoverished children the opportunity to use sport and play to help aid their health and development.
In December 2009 and January 2010, U.S. Olympians and Paralympians visited a multitude of children’s hospitals and at-needs schools as part of Team for Tomorrow. They impacted hundreds of children across the country, sharing Olympic ideals, encouraging them to reach for their dreams and donating Team for Tomorrow digital cameras in an effort to support health and education initiatives.
Media interested in attending the Olympic Build Day with Habitat for Humanity or in obtaining photos or quotes should contact Lindsay Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org .
About Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C
Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C., believes that everyone deserves a house they want to call home. That is why the affiliate works to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness in the nation’s capital by building affordable and energy- and resource-efficient homes for people in need of decent housing. DC Habitat builds and rehabilitates homes in order to sell them to families who are ineligible for conventional financing. Visit www.dchabitat.org  for more information.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitat.org .
About the United States Olympic Committee
The USOC is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the sole entity in the United States whose mission involves training, entering and underwriting the full expenses for the U.S. teams in the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games. In addition to being the steward of the U.S. Olympic Movement, the USOC is the moving force for support of sports in the United States that are on the program of the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games.
For more information, please contact the USOC Communications Division at 719-866-4529 or visit www.teamusa.org . Follow the USOC on Twitter and Facebook.