Team for Tomorrow is a humanitarian program that provides a vehicle through which U.S. athletes can offer their assistance and support to those in need around the world, as well as a means to continue spreading the Olympic Values of excellence, friendship and respect. Through this initiative, U.S. athletes offer assistance and support in the form of donations, volunteerism, disaster recovery support, advocacy and other contributions to communities.
First launched in 2008, this impactful program is beginning its fourth cycle in 2013-14 with U.S. Olympians, Paralympians and hopefuls embracing the opportunity to give back through a wide variety of social and civic causes.
For the 2013-14 edition, 11 Athlete Ambassadors will lead the charge for Team for Tomorrow, acting as champions and captains of the program on behalf of Team USA. As stewards of the program, these athletes will educate their U.S. teammates about the program while at the same time giving back through visits at local multi-sport organizations in their hometowns and training communities. Representing the group are eight Olympic and two Paralympic sports from the winter program. Combined, this elite group of athletes has competed at 10 Olympic and Paralympic Games and all are hopefuls for the Sochi 2014 Olympic or Paralympic Winter Games.
- Marissa Castelli (Cranston, R.I.), pairs figure skating
- Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.), women's ice hockey
- Billy Demong (Saranac Lake, N.Y.), nordic combined
- Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.), women's ice hockey
- Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.), biathlon
- Jazmine Fenlator (Wayne, N.J.), bobsled
- Keith Gabel (Ogden, Utah), Paralympic snowboard
- Jimmy Joseph (New Hartford, N.Y.), wheelchair curling
- Debbie McCormick (Rio, Wis.), curling
- Simon Shnapir (Sudbury, Mass.), pairs figure skating
- Jessica Smith (Melvindale, Mich.), short track speedskating
Athlete ambassadors will donate service hours to various YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs and other youth organizations in their hometown and training communities both before and after the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. During these visits, the athletes will share their personal journeys through sport, help with after-school activities, lead sport clinics and speak with children about the importance of living an active and healthy lifestyle. They will also donate a sport equipment package on behalf of the Team for Tomorrow program.
Citi Every Step of the Way®
Team for Tomorrow athlete ambassador and Olympic champion in nordic combined, Billy Demong, is continuing his support of Team for Tomorrow through Citi's Every Step of the Way® - an initiative that benefits U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls as well as athletes of all ages in communities across America. By visiting everystep.citi.com/#billy, Team USA fans can help allocate a portion of Citi's $500,000 total donation specifically to Team for Tomorrow. The funds will allow Team for Tomorrow athlete ambassadors to continue promoting an active and healthy lifestyle to young people across the country and also fund donations of much-needed sport equipment to local communities.