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.

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    The Pivot Program has helped me reconnect with myself, others, and acknowledge there is more to me than being an athlete.

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    • Pivot Program

      Athletes retiring from sport often feel an acute sense of loss and may have questions about what comes next. It can be a stressful time of navigating your changing identity, community, direction, and purpose. The Pivot Program is a four-day in-person, personal development experience designed to equip you with the skills that you need to navigate this change. At this retreat-style program, you will have the opportunity to connect with other Team USA athletes and spend time in meaningful discussions around transition.

      Dates: May 2-5, 2024 (in-person) at The Painted Turtle in Lake Hughes, Calif. and six monthly, virtual meetings following the program. 

      Registration will close by Friday, March 22 or when the program is full, whichever comes first. The 2024 program is capped at 16 athletes. Please note, your application does not guarantee participation in the program. Once the application is submitted, the USOPC Athlete Development & Engagement staff will meet with athletes 1:1 to ensure that this is the right program for you.  

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    • One-on-One Career Services

      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.

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    • Next Step: Transition to Business

      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.

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    • Team USA LinkedIn Group

      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.

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