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Team USA Career Program

The USOC launched the Team USA Career Program, created in partnership with Adecco, PowerAde and hopefully additional USOC Sponsors.

Overview

The USOC has been working diligently since early 2009 to create a program to replace the Olympic Job Opportunities Program (OJOP) which employed many Olympians, Paralympians and hopefuls at The Home Depot and other companies throughout its 30+ year history. While the OJOP was beneficial for athletes from an income-earning perspective, the Team USA Career Program has been created with the following parameters to better serve qualified athletes both while they are training and competing and when they transition from sport.

  • Athletes will be provided employment opportunities that are not only flexible in schedule, but also have potential for future career advancement.
  • Athletes will only be paid for the hours they work to prevent the abuses that occurred in the OJOP.
  • All athletes in the Team USA Career Program will be paid the same hourly rate of $14/hour to prevent any job-hopping among USOC Sponsors and create more stability for both the employer and the athlete-employee.
  • A basic health benefits package will be paid for by the USOC Sponsor-employer and administered by Adecco who will also handle all the employment administration services. While qualified athletes will work at a USOC Sponsor, they are actually temporary employees of Adecco so that USOC Sponsor companies do not have to increase their head count given the current economic times.
  • To apply for a Team USA Career Program position with a USOC Sponsor Company, qualified athletes will work with a personal career coach from Adecco until they are considered “job ready” for program participation. While qualified for the program athletically, athletes in the Team USA Career Program must go through a job interview process, and will be selected for hire by the USOC Sponsor Company. This means that a job in the Team USA Career Program is NOT guaranteed. It is the hope of the USOC that this process will force athletes to be better prepared for job interviews and career planning both during their athletic careers and upon retirement from sport.

USOC Eligibility Criteria for National Governing Body (NGB)

  • Only athletes who are currently training and competing in Olympic and Paralympic events/disciplines.
  • Athletes participating in Olympic/Paralympic events/disciplines must be a member of the U.S. National Team (Senior Level), or the equivalent, if the athlete’s sport does not have a National Team.

NGB (USATF) criteria to endorse athletes interested in program:

  • 2013 Tier Athlete (Tiers 1-4)
  • 2012 US Olympic Team Member
  • 2012 World Indoor Top 8 finalist
  • 2011 World Outdoor Championship Medalist

Process for qualified athletes who are interested:

  1. Express interest to their NGB (USA Track & Field) High Performance Department (Sariyu Beka Suggs).
  2. NGB (USATF) completes and sends endorsement form to USOC Sport Performance Department for approval. Once endorsement is approved it’s sent to USOC Career Services Dept./Adecco Athlete Liaison (Carissa Gump).
  3. Once Adecco Athlete Liaison receives form, they will send electronic registration paperwork to interested athlete.
  4. Interested athlete completes registration form and returns to Adecco Athlete Liaison with the latest copy of his/her resume.
  5. Adecco Athlete Liaison then assists with assigning a personal career coach to follow up with the athlete.
  6. Athlete works with Adecco career coach to become job ready by:
    1. Creating or updating resume
    2. Identifying the kind of job/industry/career they’re interested in pursuing
    3. Practice networking and interviewing skills
    4. Complete testing as requested of Adecco by Team USA Career Program Employer(s)
  7. Once athlete is considered “job-ready” by Adecco career coach, he/she is referred to Adecco Athlete Liaison who meets with athlete and starts process of placing athlete.

Athletes interested or have questions please contact USATF’s Sariyu "Beka" Suggs:

Sariyu "Beka" Suggs
High Performance Programs Manager

Phone: 317-713-4689
E-mail: Sariyu.Suggs@usatf.org

 

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