Connecting American youth and today’s athletes to cultivate character and community
Where we do it:

Minneapolis, MN: Olympic skiers Brian and Caitlin Gregg have transformed the youth experience in their neighborhood with the creation of a running club and a community garden.
Hayward, WI: The Lac Courte Oreilles Native American reservation hosted Olympian Brian Gregg for three years during which time he spent hundreds of hours teaching local children about the benefits of fitness and nutrition.
Jericho, VT: Olympic mountain biker Lea Davison spearheads the Little Bellas, a mentoring program for girls that takes place astride mountain bikes, and teaches participants the virtues of grit, courage and determination.
Canaan, NH: Ben True and Jake Shoemaker have tag-team headed a successful after-school cross-country program at Indian River Middle School since 2010.
Cambridge, MA: In the Arena has launched multiple programs in our hometown, including work with summer camps at local community centers and a long- standing commitment to the Cambridge Jets youth track team.
Washington, DC: Arena Athlete Charles Christianson has logged countless hours at the FBR branch Boys and Girls Club in Anacostia, where he worked with after-school participants on pursuits as diverse as honing a jump shot and preparing for American Idol.
Madison, WI: Olympic rower and World Champs medalist Kristin Hedstrom has served as a teacher’s aide in an overcrowded third grade classroom at Randall Elementary School.
Colorado Springs, CO: Olympic triathlete Sarah Groff and Olympic bobsledder Emily Azevedo have jointly-managed the after-school arts program at the Tutt branch Boys and Girls Club for six years.
Alamosa, CO: In the Arena’s longest-running program, headed by mentor extraordinaire Zoila Gomez, has touched every facet of the youth experience in the second-poorest county in CO.
Chula Vista, CA: Olympic javelin thrower Mike Hazle and many of his Team USA pals have invested thousands of hours mentoring youths in schools across the city.
Wenatchee, WA: Four-time US Olympic Team member Torin Koos has served as a mentor in schools in his hometown of Wenatchee since 2007.
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