A Los Angeles 2024 delegation led by Director of Athlete Relations Janet Evans on Thursday traveled to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to hold the first in a series of Athlete Town Hall meetings with Olympians and Paralympians across the United States. The meetings are designed to build national support for the California bid and ensure that all American and International athletes in the US have the chance to contribute to every aspect of the bid to help create a state-of-the-art, personalized experience for Olympic and Paralympic athletes should LA have the honor of hosting the Games in 2024.
LA 2024 worked closely with the US Olympian and Paralympian Association’s (USOPA) Florida chapter to gather more than 30 Olympic and Paralympic athletes in the Sunshine State for the working session that will serve to inform the committee’s Games Plan moving forward. LA 2024 has committed to putting the athletes’ experience at the heart of its bid, in line with Olympic Agenda 2020. The Town Hall provided Florida’s Olympians and Paralympians the opportunity to review venues and help further develop the LA 2024 Games Concept; provide broad feedback across every activity of the bid; represent and promote the rights and interests of athletes in LA 2024’s decision-making process; and brainstorm ways that LA 2024 can promote the positive values of sport and Olympism to young people across the country and, later, around the world.
LA 2024 Director of Athlete Relations and Vice Chair Janet Evans said: "We couldn’t have hoped for a more successful and productive kick-off to our effort to gather input on LA 2024’s Games Plan from Olympians and Paralympians from across the United States. Just last month we unveiled the 53 Olympians and Paralympians who make up LA 2024’s Athletes’ Advisory Commission, but we have known from the beginning that putting athletes at the center of our bid requires more. Nobody understands the importance of athlete experience better than athletes, and that’s why we are hitting the road, and engaging Olympians and Paralympians from all the corners of this country to help build the most state-of-the-art, personalized Games experience ever."
Janet Evans unveiled the Athlete Town Hall initiative on March 8, the same day that LA 2024 presented its 53-member Athletes’ Advisory Commission, a body of elite Olympians and Paralympians who provide LA 2024 with strategic guidance from the athlete perspective on an ongoing basis. In addition to Evans and the athletes of the Athletes’ Advisory Commission, LA 2024 counts Olympian Earvin "Magic" Johnson, 9-time Paralympian Candace Cable, and Olympian Tamara Christopherson among its leadership ranks.
USOPA President Gary Hall, Sr. said: "It’s not surprising that more than 1000 Olympians and Paralympians choose to live and train in LA. From the City of Angels’ idyllic weather to its wealth of world-class sports venues to its unique ability to harness innovation and creativity, LA is perfectly poised to provide the optimal athlete experience in 2024. We are excited to partner with LA 2024 as we carefully gather the input of Olympians and Paralympians from all across the country. Thursday’s Town Hall meeting provided insights that will help LA 2024 harness its rich sporting tradition to best serve athletes - it set an excellent tone for the Town Halls coming up in the near future."
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