COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — As part of its ongoing partnership with Team USA through 2028, Comcast is committed to supporting the Team USA Service & Hope Award, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced today. The Team USA Service & Hope Award recognizes Olympic and Paralympic athletes each year for their commitment to serving and improving their communities through nonprofit work. The award, which launched in 2021, will be funded in part by Comcast and disbursed annually by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation (USOPF) through 2028.
“Community service and giving back have been central to Comcast’s culture since our founding and we are thrilled to play a part in celebrating Team USA athletes who support and care for their communities in such meaningful ways. “said Matt Lederer, vice president of brand partnerships. & amplification at Comcast. “We look forward to working with the foundation over the next few years to increase awareness of this program and continue to honor Team USA’s changemakers.”
In the first grant cycle of the awards program, four recipient athletes were selected from a pool of 135 applicants. Each winning athlete received $25,000, half of which was donated to the non-profit organization of their choice. The winners were Shea Hammond (CP Soccer US), Darlene Hunter (National Wheelchair Basketball Association), Kai Lightner (Climbing for Change) and Nzingha Prescod (Fencing in the Park). In its first year, the awards program was made possible through the generosity of USOPF donors.
In addition to financially supporting the award and in line with its vision to use its platforms to create positive change, Comcast will explore new ways to share the stories of athlete award winners to elevate the off-court contributions of the American team to communities around the world. country. Comcast recently expanded its commitment to the US Olympic and Paralympic movements by joining the LA28 Games as a founding partner. Through this partnership, Comcast, Team USA and LA28 are committed to working together to drive lasting social change.
“We are grateful for Comcast’s support in not only recognizing Team USA Service & Hope award winners, but also in helping us reach new audiences so we can inspire more Americans with our athletes’ stories and their impact. on the community,” said USOPF President Christine. Walshe. “As we approach the LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games, our first National Summer Games in over 20 years, we are proud to work with partners like Comcast to support our Olympians and Paralympians in their efforts, both on and off. off the field of play.”
The US Olympic & Paralympic Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises philanthropic funds to enable Team USA athletes to achieve sustainable competitive excellence and well-being. Through the Service & Hope Award, the foundation aims to encourage communities to rally around Team USA and inspire the next generation of athletes. Nominations open for the 2022 Service & Hope Award on August 9 and will continue until September 7, with winners announced no later than December 9.
Visit the Team USA Service & Hope Award page for more details. For more information about Comcast’s efforts to create a better future for all, visit https://corporate.comcast.com/impact.