Olympic Athletes Team up with SEI Students in Red Triathlon

Athlete Advisory Council

As many as 85 Olympic, Paralympic and Pan Am Games athletes will be in Portland Jan. 11-13 for an annual meeting of the United States Olympic Committee Athletes’ Advisory Council, a group dedicated to communicating the interests and protecting the rights of athletes, in cooperative support of the United States Olympic Committee. Each year, participants in the weekend-long conference team up with a local nonprofit for community outreach. This year, the AAC selected the American Red Cross and will team up with students from Self Enhancement, Inc. for a preparedness triathlon.

WHAT: The public is invited to join Oregon Trail Chapter representatives, SEI students and AAC members in an interactive preparedness “triathlon” which includes a 30-minute Citizen CPR class, a 30-minute emergency preparedness training and blood donation. Each community registrant will be paired with an athlete, giving registrants a chance to meet and spend time with an Olympian. Participants who are unable to donate blood will be given a tour of Pacific Northwest Blood Services.

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 11, 2013

Two “triathlon” sessions will be offered, beginning at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

WHERE: American Red Cross Oregon Trail Chapter

3131 N. Vancouver Ave., Portland, 97227

FEE: There is a $15 fee to participate in the event, which covers the cost of the Citizen CPR class. Pre-registration is required by calling Amy Dove at (503) 528-5661 or amy.dove@redcross.org.

OTHER: Jon McCullough, chairman of the AAC and Paralympic athlete, is one of the participating athletes. A starter for the U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team for 12 years, he was one of five torchbearers for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. He played in the 1998 World All-Star Game in Rio de Janeiro, and competed in the 1996 Atlanta and 2004 Athens Summer Games. He was named by his peers to serve as the Athlete Service Coordinator for the 2002 Salt Lake City Paralympic Games, the 2005 Innsbruck Winter World University Games the 2006 Torino Winter Olympic Games and the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games.

The Athletes’ Advisory Council is responsible for broadening communication between the United States Olympic Committee and active athletes, and serves as a source of input and advice to the USOC board of directors. The AAC consists of at least one athlete from each sport in which the United States is represented at the Olympic, Paralympic and Pan American Games, and six athletes elected by the AAC to serve at-large, including a chair and two vice chairs.