Citi is the leader in global banking with over 200 million customer accounts in more than 160 countries. They provide consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management. Citi is also a leader in corporate philanthropy.
Citi developed Every Step of the Way in 2012 to help fund U.S. Olympic, Paralympic and community programs that inspired Team Citi athletes. In 2012, Citi provided funding to after-school and recreational sport programs giving athletes equipment and access to tennis and soccer camps, track & field training, gymnastics competitions and life-saving swimming lessons.
In 2014, Citi’s $500,000 donation to the USOC will be allocated to sport programs chosen by Citi’s nine U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls and ambassadors and will support a range of programs, including access to winter sports for inner-city youth and funding for Paralympic hopefuls. The nine Team Citi athletes represent a wide range of sports, embody the spirit and mission of the Every Step of the Way program, and are dedicated to inspiring the next generation of athletes.
Julie Chu, Three-time U.S. Olympian, silver (2002, 2010) and bronze (2006) medalist; ice hockey
Chu is supporting the USA Hockey Foundation and its Try Hockey For Free initiative to provide over 500 sets of starter equipment to the program, which aims to bring more girls between the ages of 4-9 into youth hockey.
Billy Demong, Four-time U.S. Olympian, 2010 gold medalist, Large Hill Individual Gunderson and silver medalist NC team; Nordic combined
Demong is an athlete ambassador for the USOC’s Team for Tomorrow program, which connects U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes with local youth sport and community organizations to share inspirational stories and discuss the importance of living an active and healthy lifestyle. The program will also assist community organizations through the donation of sporting equipment.
Erin Hamlin, Two-time U.S. Olympian; luge
The USA Slider Search program is a national recruitment tour to help identify and instruct young luge athletes. Hamlin was introduced to the sport of luge at age 12 through the program, and wants to expand the tour into winter and non-winter sports markets to provide more opportunities for girls and boys age 9-13 to experience sliding.
Ted Ligety, Two-time U.S. Olympian, 2006 gold medalist (combined); alpine skiing
Ligety is supporting Youth Enrichment Services (YES) to expand the reach of Operation SnowSports, its longest running program that provides urban youth (ages 7-18) with the opportunity to develop self-confidence while learning to ski and snowboard during the winter months throughout New England.
Evan Lysacek, Two-time U.S. Olympian, 2010 gold medalist; men’s figure skating
Since 2006, Lysacek has worked with Figure Skating in Harlem (FSH), a program that empowers young women in underserved New York City communities by combining the power of education with the discipline of figure skating. FSH is on a 3-year path to double in size from 200 to 400 students by creating a new extension program that will provide academic, health and wellness opportunities to girls ages 6-18.
Dan Jansen, Four-time U.S. Olympian, 1994 gold medalist 1000m; speed-skating
Knowing how difficult it can be to overcome personal hardship, Jansen has partnered with the Olympians for Olympians Relief Fund (OORF) to provide personal and financial support and assistance to Olympians recovering from accident, illness and injury.
Picabo Street, Three-time U.S. Olympian, gold (1998, super-G) and silver (1994, downhill) medalist; alpine skiing
Having overcome multiple injuries in her career, Street has teamed up with the USOC Stay on the Slopes Initiative to provide injury prevention technology to keep athletes injury free on and off the slopes.
Alana Nichols, Three-time U.S. Paralympian (summer and winter), gold (2010, downhill sitting & giant slalom sitting; 2008, wheelchair basketball), silver (2010, super-G sitting) and bronze (2010, super combined sitting) medalist; Paralympic alpine skiing
Nichols is supporting the Paralympic Champions Fund, which raises funds for athletes pursuing the dream of participating in the Paralympic Games. It also aims to increase the availability of physical activity opportunities for physically disabled individuals.
Rico Roman, U.S. Paralympic hopeful; sled hockey
Operation Comfort provides rehabilitative therapeutic programs such as sled hockey, hand cycling, and amputee surfing for wounded service members while they are recovering. Roman was introduced to the sport of sled hockey by Operation Comfort and the funding will support one full season of competition expenses for his team – the San Antonio Rampage Sled Hockey Team – which is comprised completely of military veterans.
PARTICIPATE WITH JUST ONE CLICK:
I hope you will participate in the Every Step of the Way program. Just go to www.citi.com/everystep, and help allocate a portion of Citi’s donation. At the site, you will learn about each of the Team Citi athletes and their respective sport program, choose a Team Citi athlete to support, and with a single click, a portion of Citi’s donation will be awarded. The funds will fulfill specific needs of each sport program, giving them the resources they need to help the next generation of athletes on their journey from ambition to achievement.
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