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.

Evan Lysacek

Figure Skating

Served as envoy

  • 2012  –  Sweden
  • 2012  –  Belarus
  • 2014  –  Russia
  • 2020  –  Japan
  • 2020  –  Malaysia
  • 2020  –  Singapore

Following his figure skating Gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Lysacek was chosen as the 2010 United States Olympic Committee’s SportsMan of the Year, and the winner of the James E. Sullivan Award as the top U.S. amateur athlete of 2010. On January 22, 2016, he was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Evan Lysacek is the last American male figure skater to win an individual Olympic medal. He was a Sports Envoy in Belarus and Sweden in 2012 and Russia in 2014.

“With these adults, with young kids, with people who have nothing to do with skating whatsoever… our common language is sports and it transcends differences in language and differences in culture.” “I really feel like they absorbed the on-ice skills that I was trying to teach,” he said. “But also, I think they absorbed the message from what we were talking about a little bit and how that can help them if they continue skating, whatever skating will mean in their life, but it will also help them in everything that they do.”

Chamique Holdsclaw

Basketball

Served as envoy

  • 2012  –  Senegal
  • 2020  –  Virtual

Chamique Shaunta Holdsclaw (born August 9, 1977) is a professional basketball player in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) most recently under a contract with the San Antonio Silver Stars. She announced her retirement from the Los Angeles Sparks on June 11, 2007, though she eventually came out of retirement to play with the Atlanta Dream for the 2009 WNBA Season.

Holdsclaw grew up playing basketball. While attending Christ The King Regional High School in Queens, New York, she played for the school’s women’s basketball team, and led them to four straight New York State Championships in basketball. Holdsclaw was named a High School All-American by the WBCA. She participated in the WBCA High School All-America Game in 1995, scoring eight points. She is Native American.

COLLEGE:
Holdsclaw went to the University of Tennessee from 1995 to 1999, where she played under coach Pat Summitt and helped to lead the Lady Vols to the women’s NCAA’s first ever three consecutive Women’s Basketball Championships in 1996, 1997 and 1998. The 1998 championship was Tennessee’s first ever undefeated season at 39–0 and also set an NCAA record for the most wins ever in a season. She also helped lead Tennessee to two SEC regular season titles in 1998 and 1999 and to three SEC tournament championships in 1996, 1998 and 1999.

At Tennessee, Holdsclaw was a four-time Kodak All-America, one of only six women’s basketball players to earn the honor (along with teammate Tamika Catchings, Cheryl Miller of USC, Ann Meyers of UCLA, Lynette Woodard of Kansas and LaToya Thomas of Mississippi State.) Holdsclaw finished her career with 3,025 points and 1,295 rebounds, making her the all-time leading scoring and rebounder at Tennessee in men’s or women’s history, the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in SEC women’s history, and the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in the NCAA tournament women’s history with 470 points and 197 rebounds. She was also only the fifth women’s basketball player in NCAA history to have 3,000 points (a list including Jackie Stiles of Southwest Missouri State, Patricia Hoskins of Mississippi Valley State, Lorri Bauman of Drake, Cheryl Miller of USC, and Cindy Blodgett of Maine). She is also one of five women’s collegiate basketball players to ever accumulate over 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 300 assists and 300 steals (a list that includes teammate Tamika Catchings, Cheryl Miller of USC, Sophia Young of Baylor, and Armintie Price of Mississippi.) In 1999, Holdsclaw received the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States. Holdsclaw also won the Naismith trophy for player of the year twice, in 1998 and 1999 and posted a 134–17 win/loss record during her remarkable career as a Lady Vol. In 2000 she was named Naismith’s Player of the Century for the 1990s and was also part of an ESPY award given to the Lady Vols as Co-Team of the Decade for the 1990s. In 1996, 1997 and 1998, Holdsclaw was named to the Final Four All Tournament team.
In 2006, Holdsclaw was named to a women’s collegiate basketball silver anniversary team for being picked as one of the 25 greatest players of the past 25 years. She was also picked as one of the 5 greatest players in the SEC of the past 25 years.
Holdsclaw is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.
WNBA

In the 1999 WNBA Draft, Holdsclaw was selected by the Washington Mystics 1st overall. After this selection, Chamique gained the distinction of being the first, and only, female athlete to appear on the cover of SLAM Magazine. Furthermore, Chamique was pictured in a New York Knicks jersey, implying that perhaps she was good enough to be the first woman NBA player.

In her first season, she was named the Rookie of the Year, the first number one draft pick to win the honor. She was also a starter in the inaugural WNBA All-Star Game that same year. She is the first averaged 16.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game in her first season. The next year, Holdsclaw was named to the Olympic team, helping to lead them to a gold medal.

During her subsequent seasons in the WNBA, Holdsclaw continued to improve her numbers. In 2002, despite missing several games with an ankle injury, Holdsclaw averaged a double-double per game with 19.9 points and 11.5 rebounds. By 2003, she was averaging 20.5 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. On July 24, 2004, however, she failed to show up for a game against Charlotte, played one more game in reserve and then did not play the rest of the season including the entire playoffs. At first, Holdsclaw refused to discuss the reason for her absence, other than to rule out cancer, pregnancy and drug addiction, but following the season, she told The Washington Post that she was suffering from clinical depression and that she had been ashamed to discuss it with the public. It ends up her grandmother died, the woman who raised her and she went into a real depression. She decided not to stay in Washington because of to many memories.

On March 21, 2005, Holdsclaw was traded to the Los Angeles Sparks in exchange for DeLisha Milton-Jones.

In May 2006, Holdsclaw took a sudden two-week leave from playing for the Sparks, but later clarified that this was due to the serious illnesses of her father and stepfather. As of late June, she was averaging 14.4 points per game and 7 rebounds per game.

On June 11, 2007, only a few weeks into the 2007 WNBA season, she surprisingly announced she was retiring and did not immediately provide any explanation as to her sudden departure.[5]

On December 17, 2008, the Atlanta Dream traded the 13th pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft to the Los Angeles Sparks in exchange for the rights to Holdsclaw. Holdsclaw stated she definitely considered a return to the WNBA if healthy, and did. Holdsclaw has found herself to be a constant part of the team’s offense and a starter that season, despite an injury that kept her out several games toward the end of the season. However, she returned just in time for one game in the playoffs. The Dream lost to the Detroit Shock.

On May 19, 2010, she was released from the Dream after requesting a trade and did not report to the team. Two days later, she signed with the San Antonio Silver Stars.

Angela Meyer

Kickboxing

Mixed Martial Arts

Served as envoy

  • 2019  –  Pakistan
  • 2020  –  Kyrgyzstan

Angela Meyer is an internationally known teacher, public speaker and activist. She has worked in the favelas of Brazil, Honduras, Costa Rica, Mexico, taught young girls self defense in Pakistan and Nairobi, Kenya.

She is a black belt in self defense, a competitive Muay Thai fighter and Boxer, renowned yoga instructor, leads yoga teacher trainings and retreats, is a Budokon Brown Belt and Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt.

Angela has also worked at an AIDS Hospice for homeless men and women in Washington DC for over 15 years, is an End of Life Care Counselor, Buddhist Chaplain and has a Masters of Divinity.

In addition, Angela is the Empowerment Director for Global Journalist Security, leading hostile environment trainings both domestically and abroad, owner of Warrior Woman Republic, and columnist for Elephant Journal.

She loves to laugh, play with kids, and if not wearing black boots, you’ll find her barefoot in the grass.

DeeDee Trotter

Track & Field

Served as envoy

  • 2020  –  Japan

Trotter exploded on the Elite Track and Field scene in 2004. That year, she would win the prestigious NCAA title and become an Olympic finalist in the 400 meters, finishing fifth overall. Her Olympic debut was capped by a gold medal on the 4x400m relay, and she concluded the year ranked fourth in the world.

The 2004 season turned out to be the tip of Trotter’s athletic success. DeeDee is a three-time World Champion as a member of the 2003, 2007 and 2010 4x400m relay teams, a three-time 400m U.S. Champion and a three-time Olympian, which is an accomplishment that ranks her amongst the greatest female athletes in the world.

For the vast majority of DeeDee Trotter’s career, she has been considered by most to be the underdog. She would learn to use this imposed title as sheer motivation to propel herself to many unpredicted triumphs. In 2007, DeeDee pulled off a stunning upset defeating the #1 world-ranked Sanya Richards Ross, a victory that earned DeeDee her first Outdoor National Championship title. Although many were stunned by the aforementioned victory, DeeDee was not. Throughout her career, her strong belief in God, as well as her talent, carried her to heights many did not think were possible. To cap the season, Trotter would receive a nomination for “Breakthrough Performance of The Year” at the USA Track & Field Jessie Owens Awards, a much-respected honor among the sport. She also would reclaim her spot among the top 400m runners in the world. Through her experiences, DeeDee feels extremely blessed to share her medals and motivational truth with people all over the world, a gift she says “is worth its weight in gold!”

Tisha Hoch

Soccer

Served as envoy

  • 2020  –  Turkey

-4 time National Champion at The University of North Carolina
-4 time All American
– Herman Trophy winner in 1994
– 1995 World Cup 3rd place
-1996 Olympic Gold Medalist
-1999 World Cup Champion
-2001 WUSA Champion with San Jose CyberRays
-2010 Founder of TeamFirst Soccer Academy
-2020 Investor of NWSL team
“Angel City Football Club”in Los Angeles
-Mother of Cooper (16) and Sadie (13)
Tisha Venturini-Hoch is a former American soccer player. She won gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and won the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Before beginning her professional career, Hoch attended the University of North Carolina and played for the women’s soccer team. As a member of the soccer team, she was NCAA Champion in ’91, ’92, ’93, and ’94. In 1995, she won the Honda Sports Award as the nation’s top soccer player. She played professionally in the W-League for San Jose CyberRays, Delaware Genies, and Bay Area CyberRays.

She is the only athlete in any sport to ever hold five titles as: Collegiate Champion at UNC, four-time NCAA National Champion at UNC, World Cup Champion in 1999, Olympic Gold Medalist in 1996, and Professional Champion at Bay Area CyberRays in 2001.

Erica Woda

Soccer

Served as envoy

  • 2020  –  Palestinian Territories

Erica Woda is a former Division One soccer player for Columbia University, the Athletic Director of KIPP NYC College Prep, and is currently the new Athletic Director at Potomac School. In 2008, she founded the NGO “Level the Field” which focuses on athletic and educational mentorship between underprivileged student from NY and student athletes from top U.S. universities.

Kevin Love

Basketball

Served as envoy

  • 2020  –  Virtual

Kevin Wesley Love is an NBA player for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2008 NBA Draft, playing for them until 2014. During his 2010-2011 season, he scored his career-high of 43 points and 17 rebounds. In 2014, Love was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in which he has led them to numerous wins during the normal season and the NBA Finals. He is a five-time All-Star and won an NBA championship with the Cavaliers in 2016. He was a member of the gold winning US national team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Summer Olympics.

In 2018, he established the Kevin Love Fund to provide tools and assistance for people to help improve their physical and emotional well-being; with the intended goal of assisting more than 1 billion people over the next 5 years. With the Kevin Love Fund, he has begun two program that empower high school students to make healthy choices and to the UCLA Athletics Department. In 2020, he announce his fund was pledging $500,000 matched by the UCLA Centennial Term Chair Match, to establish the Kevin Love Fund Chair in UCLA’s psychology department — the investment will support work to help diagnose, prevent, treat, and de-stigmatize anxiety and depression.

Abdel Nader

Basketball

Served as envoy

  • 2020  –  Virtual

Abdel Nader is an Egyptian-American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nader was born in Alexandria, Egyptin 1993.Nader moved with his family to the United States at the age of 3 to Skokie, Illinois. He speaks fluent Arabic. He majored in liberal studies at Iowa State University. He played college basketball for the Northern Illinois Huskies and the Iowa State Cyclones before being drafted by the Boston Celtics with the 58th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. On July 14,2017, Nader agreed to a 4-year, $6M deal with the Celtics. He made his NBA debut on October 18 against the Milwaukee Bucks. On July 23, 2018, Nader was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Rodney Purvis. Oklahoma City also received cash considerations in the deal. On November 28, 2019, Nader scored his career-high 23 points with two rebounds in a 136–119 loss against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Jeremy Guthrie

Baseball

Served as envoy

  • 2015  –  Panama
  • 2017  –  Nigeria
  • 2018  –  Brazil
  • 2020  –  Virtual

Beginning his baseball career as the starting pitcher at Stanford University, Jeremy Guthrie currently plays for the Eastern Reyes del Tigre of the Constellation Energy League, but played for 15 years in MLB for the Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, and the Washington Nationals.

Guthrie pitched for Team USA in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. During his time with the Kansas City Royals, he logged the most innings of his career during the 2013 season with 211⅔. He finished with a 15–12 record and a 4.04 ERA. The 2014 season Guthrie posted a 4.13 ERA over 202.2 innings and finished the regular season with a record of 13–11.

Guthrie is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and he served for two years as a missionary for the church in Spain. On February 1, 2018, Guthrie began a three-year assignment as president of its Texas Houston South Mission for the LDS church.