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Local Olympians build with Habitat for Humanity


Anchorage's 2010 U.S. Olympians build with Habitat for Humanity - Anchorage as part of U.S. Olympic Committee's 'Team for Tomorrow'

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (June 21, 2010) - Olympians James Southam (2010, 2006 Cross Country), Callan Sifsoff-Shythlok (2010 Snowboard), Kikkan Randall (2010, 2006, 2002 Cross Country) and Rosey Fletcher (2006 Bronze medalist Snowboard) will spend the afternoon building Habitat for Humanity - Anchorage on Tuesday, June 22.

Local Olympians will work along-side other Habitat volunteers and future homeowners at 5314 Taku Drive in the Wonder Park neighborhood.  The day of service is part of the U.S. Olympic Committee's (USOC's) Team for Tomorrow Humanitarian Relief Fund, a program where U.S. athletes offer assistance to people in need throughout the country and around the globe. 

"Habitat for Humanity - Anchorage is so very appreciative of the efforts and gifts of our local Olympians and of all our volunteers. They make the pursuit of our mission possible" exclaims Craig Jaeger, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity - Anchorage.

2010 U.S. Olympic Team consisted of 216 athletes who made history by winning 37  medals, the most of any country at an Winter Olympic Games, beating the previous record of 36 set by Germany in 2002. The 2010 U.S. Paralympic Team was made up of more than 50 athletes who took away 13 medals, placing fifth. All of America's Olympians and Paralympians returned from the games ready to give back to the communities that supported them on their journeys.

"These Olympic and Paralympic athletes are shining ambassadors for our country when they compete internationally and at the games," said USOC Chief Executive Officer Scott Blackmun. "When they return home, they are looking for ways to continue representing their hometown communities. Through Team for Tomorrow, they can make a tremendous impact and gain an even deeper meaning out of being an Olympic or Paralympic athlete. Habitat provides a means for them to give back from coast to coast, every day of the year."

Team for Tomorrow is an ongoing relief fund that consists of donations, volunteerism, disaster services, advocacy and other relief contributions. The goal is to provide U.S. athletes a means to continue spreading the Olympic Ideals of peace, understanding, tolerance and harmony in the United States and around the world to impoverished areas. For more information on Team for Tomorrow, please visit www.teamusa.org/resources/usoc-programs/team-for-tomorrow-fund.

To schedule yourself or a team to volunteer with Habitat, please visit www.hfhanchorage.org/volunteer and click on the "volunteer calendar" or call 907.272.0800 for more information.

About Habitat for Humanity - Anchorage
Habitat for Humanity-Anchorage is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to building simple, decent homes in partnership with qualifying low-income families. Partner Families are mentored for successful homeownership, contribute sweat equity, then purchase their homes with interest-free financing. We invite everyone to join us as we seek to make affordable housing a matter of conscience and action

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitat.org.

About the USOC
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the sole entity in the United States whose mission involves training, entering and underwriting the full expenses for the U.S. teams in the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games. In addition to being the steward of the U.S. Olympic Movement, the USOC is the moving force for support of sports in the United States that are on the program of the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games. For more information of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, as well as the USOC, please visit www.teamusa.org.
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