Oregon Youth Visit the Olympic Training Center for an Unforgettable Spring Break

The Foundation for Global Sports Development’s Playmakers Program
provides underserved youth with a chance to experience Olympic and
Paralympic values

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A group of 30 students from Eugene and Portland, Oregon-based Boys &
Girls Clubs are preparing for an unforgettable Spring Break Olympic and
Paralympic immersion experience. Beginning March 25th, The
Boys & Girls Club youth will spend 4 days and 3 nights at the Colorado
Springs based Olympic Training Center. The interactive program will open
with a torch lighting ceremony and include athlete presentations,
Olympic sporting demonstrations, team building activities and unique
sport experiences, and educational sessions. The program will conclude
with a medal ceremony on March 28th.

The Foundation for Global Sports Development (GSD) developed the
Playmakers Program to offer underserved youth the opportunity to
experience the thrill of the Olympics and Paralympics while also
teaching them about the hard work and dedication involved in achieving
goals. The Playmakers Program was first introduced at the 2004 Athens
Summer Olympics, and since then youth have traveled to Vancouver and
London as part of the program. In 2016 a collaboration between GSD and
the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) allowed the program to evolve
into an annual immersive sport experience, hosted by the USOC’s Olympic
Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Aaron Haack, Director of Operations at the Boys & Girls Club of Emerald
Valley, expressed his club’s excitement and what he hopes the youth will
take away from the program. “The Playmakers Program is an amazing, once
in a lifetime opportunity for our members. Not only will our members get
a chance to participate with Olympic and Paralympic athletes and see
their incredible facilities, but our hope is for the members to come
back with a new sense of leadership and confidence that they can do
anything.”

The Playmakers Program’s success can be seen in the achievements of the
youth who participate. “With each of our Playmakers Programs, we equip
youth with the skills and values they need to excel in life. They take
these values home with them and begin to make positive change in their
own lives. It’s incredibly rewarding to offer this experience to youth,”
said Dr. Steven Ungerleider, Executive Board Member for GSD.

David Ulich, also a member of GSD’s Executive Board, added, “We
understand that an experience like Playmakers can open a teen’s eyes to
what is possible. Many of our participants go on to attend college and
display a high level of academic achievement while also making a
positive impact in their communities.”

About Global Sports Development

Working closely with international sports federations, generous donors
and committed athletes, The Foundation for Global Sports Development
promotes sportsmanship, education, fair play and ethics among the
world’s youth. The Foundation gives special emphasis to groups and
communities that are most in need or most underserved by current
programs, including women, minorities and youth in areas where the risk
of delinquency is particularly high. Visit www.globalsportsdevelopment.org
to learn more.

About Boys & Girls Club of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
(GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve
great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more
than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through
Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities,
towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and
serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S.
military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring
adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development
programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority
programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and
healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the
Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.
Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and
http://bgca.org/twitter.

About the United States Olympic Committee

Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., the United
States Olympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee
and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. As such, the
USOC is responsible for the training, entering and funding of U.S. teams
for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan
American Games, while serving as a steward of the Olympic and Paralympic
movements throughout the U.S. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org.

Contacts

Foundation for Global Sports Development
Melanie Raffle,
541-683-9278
Chief Operating Officer
mraffle@globalsportsdevelopment.org