During Team USA Week, athletes, staff and our community of partners came together to mark an unprecedented two years and celebrate all we achieved. The landmark moment was a first-ever convening of summer and winter Olympians and Paralympians, and one that will not be forgotten.
The week kicked off with the Olympic & Paralympic Athlete Summit, featuring workshops focused on supporting athletes off the field of play. The collaborative workshops included helping athletes develop personal brands, navigate the job market and engage with peers and the psychological services team as they plan their next steps in life. We also took the time to celebrate alumni who paved integral paths for current and future athletes.
With the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Foundation, we hosted Team USA’s Service & Hope Impact Day, where athletes packed 1,800 “Play at Home” kits, complete with athletic gear and inspiring notes, for youth across the Washington D.C. area. The kits were funded by our donors in collaboration with the Leveling the Playing Field youth sports charity.
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Following the Impact Day, the athletes went to Capitol Hill to meet congressional representatives. The week also included a Team USA Gala celebrating athletes’ many accomplishments as one team amid a red-carpet experience, live music and comedy performances.
Wrapping up a momentous week, steeped in decades of tradition, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris welcomed more than 600 Team USA Olympic and Paralympic athletes from the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 teams to celebrate their athleticism, resilience and character at the White House. President Biden gave a speech focused on accomplishment, achievement and inspiration, and spent time with the athletes.