U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee Launches Agora, Customized Platform for Team USA Athletes
New digital and mobile platform to enhance athlete experience with centralized access to wellness resources and support
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee today announced the launch of Agora, a fully integrated digital and mobile platform for Team USA athletes to learn, connect and efficiently access customized wellness benefits and support services in one, convenient place.
Named after the Greek word signifying a central gathering place, Agora will deliver an unparalleled digital experience that centralizes the most crucial resources, information and support network essential to the athlete journey. The all-in-one platform is set to enhance the athlete experience and further solidify the USOPC’s commitment to the overall well-being and achievement of Team USA athletes.
“Agora is a game-changer and will become an integral part of the Team USA athlete journey, transforming how athletes access resources and work toward their goals,” said Nicole Deal, USOPC Chief of Security and Athlete Services. “The USOPC is excited to embark on this journey of athlete empowerment and is confident that the portal will serve as a catalyst for even greater achievements.”
“In a world where information is abundant, Agora stands out by centralizing everything an athlete needs. It's designed with the athlete in mind, making accessing resources simpler and more efficient, especially on the go,” said Alina Urs, Team USA athlete and 2019 Pan American Team member in Canoe/Kayak. “Through its customized approach, I feel seen and heard. The platform's ability to deliver personalized information and support has made a tangible difference in how I approach my development and well-being, and it’s empowering to have a platform that evolves with my needs.”
The initial launch of the platform will welcome athletes who are selected to represent Team USA at the Pan American and Parapan American Games in Santiago, Chile, this fall. The phased rollout will continue throughout 2023 and into 2024, to include elite-level Team USA athletes.
As part of the Agora experience, athletes will have access to USOPC’s extensive resources for which they are eligible, including career and education programs, mental health resources, healthcare and medical services, financial support, marketing and brand development, confidential advising and legal aid, and additional resources to enhance their Games and overall experience.
"Agora is a testament to our dedication to ensure Team USA athletes feel supported and fulfilled at every step of their journey. That requires a community of support and opportunities that enrich the full athlete lifecycle, including transition to life after competition,” said Rocky Harris, USOPC Chief of Sport and Athlete Services. “With a relentless focus on holistic athlete development, we believe that trust, engagement and understanding are fundamental to the success and well-being of every Team USA athlete, and this portal is a pivotal step in that direction."
In announcing Agora, the USOPC paid tribute to The Foundation for Global Sports Development, acknowledging GSD's ongoing commitment and support for athlete well-being. The new athlete-focused platform is consistent with GSD's legacy of supporting athletes, promoting education, and furthering GSD's vision and efforts to enrich lives through sport.
“GSD has been a longtime supporter of the Olympic and Paralympic community, and a leading advocate of resources and programming that support the whole athlete,” said Harris. “With Agora, we’ll be better positioned to deliver comprehensive support to meet each athlete’s unique needs no matter where they are in their journey.”
About the USOPC
Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. The USOPC is focused on protecting, supporting and empowering America’s athletes, and is responsible for fielding U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, and serving as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the U.S. For more information, visit TeamUSA.com.
Unlike most National Olympic and Paralympic Committees, the USOPC does not receive federal funding for its Olympic or Paralympic programs. Instead, the USOPC relies on the generosity of the American public to help U.S. athletes remain competitive with the rest of the world via the Team USA Fund.
The Foundation for Global Sports Development (GSD), and its principals, Dr. Steven Ungerleider and David Ulich, are longtime supporters and advocates for athlete safety who have provided decades of service to the Olympic Movement both in the United States and internationally. GSD’s efforts include providing education on issues concerning the safety and welfare of youth sports throughout the world, including GSD’s ongoing Courage First initiative. GSD has also funded and partnered with the USOPC on many successful projects, including the USOPC’s Athlete Career and Education Program, IOC International Athletes’ Forum, IOC World Conference on Women and Sport, International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development, Association of National Olympic Committees General Assembly, and the Association of National Olympic Committee Tech Project. Through these programs, GSD and the USOPC have delivered programming that achieves competitive excellence while demonstrating the values of the Olympic Movement.