Sports Envoy
Sports Envoy Program

Tracy Evans

Alpine Skiing

Served as envoy

  • 2020  –  Virtual

Tracy Evans has distinguished herself through a lifetime of achievement, both on and off the field of play. A three-time Olympian (1994, 1998, 2002) and national champion in freestyle skiing, she became one of the first aerial skiers to perform both a double-twisting triple somersault and triple-twisting double somersault in competition. Equally impressive to her revolutionary performance on the snow are her trailblazing efforts to ensure sport delivers on the promise of its power, globally.Following a volunteer trip, prompted by her mother toRwanda, Africa in 2008, Evans founded Kids Play International, a nonprofit organization which aims to promote gender equity and the Olympic values by introducing less familiar sports to children in post-genocide affected countries. Grounded in the Olympicvalue of fair play, KPI leverages the positive attributes of sport to empower youth to challenge and shift gender, social and cultural norms that reinforce inequality. The organization creates a safe, positive environment through sport to renegotiate these harmful cultural norms, giving young girls the same opportunities as boys to reach their full potential and find better ways to live, work and play together.

Tracy was chosen by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as one of five Olympians (first US Olympian) to be recognized at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics for their Winter edition of Olympians for Life and also received the 2018 Rings of Gold Individual award given by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), both are in recognition of her greatachievements as an Olympian in her sport of Freestyle Skiing as well as the work she has done after competition with Kids Play International. Kids Play was also a finalist for the 2018 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award, the recipient of the 2016 Gatorade for the Love of Sports award for the Let’s Play Fair program in Rwanda. Evans was also honored to receive the Athletes in Excellence award in 2014 and Female Athlete Philanthropist of the Year award from United Athletes Foundation in 2011 alongside Jerry Rice.