USOC’s Athlete Career and Education program connects Team USA athletes with local employers, including the Colorado Springs Police Department
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic Committee’s Athlete Career and Education program is piloting a job shadow program for Team USA athletes in Colorado Springs – Olympic City USA. During the first week of October, the program will connect seven athletes with four local employers for an interactive learning experience.
Four of these athletes will shadow operations at the Colorado Springs Police Department on Oct. 2. Participants are as follows:
- Tammy Delano, 2016 Paralympian, shooting
- Taylor Farmer, Paralympic hopeful, shooting
- Jimmy Moody, world champion, fencing
- Charles Platt, Olympic hopeful, shooting
“We are proud to work with the USOC’s Athlete Career and Education program to offer job shadow opportunities for local Team USA athletes,” said Colorado Springs Police Chief Peter Carey. “We are always looking to engage hardworking, determined individuals, and elite athletes generally fit that profile. We hope the participants come away from this experience with a better understanding of our work environment and culture of serving the people of Olympic City USA.”
Other employers to take part include KOAA (Mirai Nagasu, two-time Olympic figure skater and 2018 Olympic bronze medalist); USA Weightlifting (Mohamed Lahna, 2016 Paratriathlon bronze medalist); and Visit Colorado Springs (Mindy Miles, Olympic shooting hopeful).
As part of the USOC’s ongoing commitment to support holistic athlete development, ACE aims to provide current and retired Team USA athletes with career, education and life skills resources to support athletic performance goals and facilitate successful transition to careers post-competition. The program offers athletes a variety of services, including personality assessments, career discovery, resume and cover letter assistance, networking and interview practice, and job search strategies.
“We are thrilled to launch the job shadow pilot program and grateful for the support from the participating organizations here in Colorado Springs – Olympic City USA,” said Leslie Klein, USOC director of ACE. “The program features a variety of opportunities for Team USA athletes to learn and expand their skill set as they explore professional avenues, both in and outside of sport. The experience and traits that make athletes successful on the field of play also transfer well to the workplace, and this pilot is a fantastic opportunity to highlight that transition.”
With an added focus on Olympic City USA, ACE aims to inspire long-term positive engagement within Colorado Springs, which is home to 23 of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family’s 50 National Governing Bodies.