USA Women’s Bobsled Pilot and 2014 Olympic hopeful, Jazmine Fenlator joins a roster of 12 athlete ambassadors who will lead the charge for the 2013-14 edition of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Team for Tomorrow, a humanitarian outreach program born in 2008 that has since featured 33 athlete ambassadors who have combined with their Olympic and Paralympic teammates for more than 400 volunteer hours.
The role of Team for Tomorrow Athlete Ambassadors is to serve as philanthropic captains of the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams. They act as advocates and champions of the effort by spreading awareness about Team for Tomorrow’s causes and leading the way through volunteerism and goodwill.
“I am incredibly honored to be included in this group of talented and dedicated individuals,” said Fenlator, a Sochi 2014 Olympic hopeful in bobsled. “Team for Tomorrow gives me the opportunity to share my time and passion for sport with the next generation, and I’m very much looking forward to connecting with kids from my hometown in New Jersey and, hopefully, inspiring them to live their dreams.”
Similar to the program’s 2012 focus, this class of Team for Tomorrow athletes will work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the YMCA – both multi-sport organization within the U.S. Olympic family – and other local sport and community organizations to coordinate athlete visits and sport equipment donations on behalf of the program both leading up to and following the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. During these visits to local clubs in their home or training towns, ambassadors will assist with afterschool activities, lead sport clinics, share their own inspirational stories, and speak to young people about the importance of living an active and healthy lifestyle.
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. Additionally, in both 2008 and 2010, U.S. athletes donated hundreds of service hours to Habitat for Humanity after returning from both Beijing and Vancouver.