Life After Sport
The USOPC recognizes that behind each Team USA Athlete is a person with hopes, goals, and dreams that are as intense and real as the ones you have for the field of play. You are unique individuals with unique aspirations that go beyond sport and we want to see you succeed on whatever path you decide to take next. We offer a variety of resources that are designed to help you take that next step towards the passions that lie ahead in your life after sport.
Pivot ProgramLearn More, opens in a new tab
Athletes retiring or considering retiring from sport often feel a grand sense of loss, identity, community, support, camaraderie, personal validation, direction, and purpose.
The Pivot Program works to assist Team USA athletes in exploring values, reframing identity, understanding transitions and the emotions that come with change, and rediscovering self and purpose through meaningful discussions.
Throughout the calendar year, the Athlete Services and Psychological Services team will host both virtual and in-person Pivot programs. Specific details about each program will be announced on the website and on the programs and events calendar.
One-on-One Career ServicesGet Started, opens in a new tab
The USOPC has teamed up with ManpowerGroup to help athletes upskill their career off the field of play. Finding a new career is one of the most difficult transitions to go through, and Manpower can help athletes to find the right career faster than they might be able to navigate it can alone.
Team USA athletes have the opportunity to be teamed up with a career coach that they'll work with 1-on-1 for three months. They will help them understand and leverage their strengths and skills, personal and professional priorities, and ideal work environments, enabling them to focus their search on the right career opportunities – not just another job.
Next Step: Transition to BusinessLearn More, opens in a new tab
The transition from athletics into the civilian world is complex and demands new skills and knowledge. Next Step, at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, was designed specifically to help elite athletes and military veterans navigate that transition and prepare them for a career in business.
This general management certificate program combines a self-paced online learning phase with a live online learning phase to deliver an educational experience that is both flexible and immersive. Next Step helps participants refine what they know, discover what they don’t, and build the right business acumen to move their careers forward. It also allows them to build a robust network of ambitious peers who are also experiencing a career transition—bonds that last for years after the program concludes.
Team USA LinkedIn GroupJoin Now, opens in a new tab
Over 550 current and retired athletes have come together in the Team USA Career & Education Hub on LinkedIn. This hub was created to encourage community and generate shared learnings around the topics of personal and professional development for Team USA athletes.
This community is uniquely positioned to support the many aspects of life during and after sport by connecting people, providing job leads, referrals and valuable content to help athletes achieve their goals. Whether athletes are looking for resources, or in a place to help others, the LinkedIn hub is a great way to keep a pulse on what's going on in the Team USA athlete community.