BENEFITING: Kids Play International
EVENT DATE: Dec 08, 2013
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Welcome to my fundraising page for Kids Play International!
I'm excited to be a member of Kids Play’s team of Olympians helping raise funds for a new playing field in Gatagara, Rwanda, where Kids Play runs its community sports program called "Let's Play Fair!"
I've been an Athlete Ambassador for Kids Play since I first went to Rwanda in the summer of 2011 to volunteer. I love that the organization uses sport to make a positive difference in kids' lives - both on and off the playing field. Sport has made a huge difference in my life, so I'm helping Kids Play make opportunities available for kids who can really benefit from what sport has to offer.
We're raising funds to create a "Field of Opportunity" where kids in the communities around Gatagara, Rwanda will have a safe place to play and to learn from sport.
HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP:
1) MAKE A DONATION: Any amount you can give will be much appreciated - by me and by hundreds of kids in Rwanda!
2) SHARE THE LOVE: Please tweet, post on FB, and email the link to my fundraising page!
A little more about me and why I'm helping Kids Play:
I believe that sport can create positive change in the world! It's a language that we all speak and Kids Play is using sport to make a difference in the lives of kids in communities that have been impacted by genocide.
I have experienced the power of sport first-hand! I competed in 4 Olympic Games in luge (that’s the really fast sport where you go feet first down an iced track at 80 mph, was National Champion 7 times and was elected Female Athlete of the Year 9 times. I'm very proud to have been elected by my Olympic teammates to carry the American flag at the 1994 Olympic Games in Lillehammer, because my teammates decided that I was the person on the U.S. Team who best embodied the Olympic Ideals.
Since retiring from the luge team, I graduated from Dartmouth College, received my law degree from Boston College and practiced law in New York for over a decade. Although I enjoyed my legal practice, which concentrated on sports, intellectual property and media cases, I decided to focus on my passion for using sport as a means to effect positive social change (yep, that’s where Kids Play comes in!).
I now share my knowledge and my passion for inspiring others by teaching International Sports Governance, Legal Issues in Sports and Amateur Sports Governance to graduate and undergraduate students in New York University’s Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management. In my free time, I'm a photographer and have displayed my work in galleries and collections around the world.
Join me in supporting a great organization doing some great work!