Athletes’ Commission launched to shape future of LA28 Games

18 Paralympians and Olympians will share unique insights to create athlete-centred Games and engage local and global fan communities 12 Jul 2021
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By LA28

The LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games have announced the LA28 Athletes’ Commission to bring a collection of elite athlete voices to shape the Summer Games in Los Angeles. Comprised of nine Paralympians and nine Olympians, the Commission will bring essential insights and perspectives to create an inclusive, innovative and seamless experience for all athletes participating in the LA28 Games.

Over the next seven years, Commission members will engage with fans across Southern California and globally to educate and excite communities about the LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the long-lasting benefits the Games will have on athletes and fans.

“The LA28 Athletes’ Commission represents the many cultures and perspectives that make up our Los Angeles community,” said Janet Evans, LA28 Chief Athlete Officer and five-time Olympic medallist. “We’re thrilled to launch our Athletes’ Commission with 18 phenomenal Olympians and Paralympians who will undoubtedly broaden our understanding of how to make the LA28 Games amazing for all communities.” 

The Commission members will serve as strategic advisors to expand upon athlete services and experiences ahead of the LA28 Games. The Commission is committed to creating athlete development opportunities before, during and well after the LA28 Games to support athletes beyond their competitive sporting careers. 

“In my role with the LA28 Athletes’ Commission, I hope to inspire and engage the next generation of athletes playing adaptive sport to show we all deserve a seat at the table,” said Paralympian and LA28 Athletes’ Commission member Scout Bassett. “I’m excited to empower our local and global communities and bring our voices to the forefront of planning for the LA28 Games.”

The LA28 Athletes’ Commission includes Olympians Allyson Felix, Queen Harrison, Nastia Liukin, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Apolo Ohno, Adam Rippon, Alex Shibutani, Howard Shu and Brenda Villa and Paralympians Bassett, Samantha Bosco, Allison Compton, Lex Gillette, Alana Nichols, Ileana Rodriguez, Rico Roman, Oscar “Oz” Sanchez and Ahkeel Whitehead. The Commission will be chaired by Evans with added insights from ex-Officio members Muffy Davis, Anita DeFrantz and Michael Johnson.

"Being a member of LA28’s Athletes’ Commission means so much to me and gives an important platform to advance equity and inclusion within athletics," said Olympian and LA28 Athletes’ Commission member Villa. "Our diversity in gender, ability, ethnicity and background is one of the Commission's greatest strengths. I'm so proud to be part of a team with such a varied array of perspectives, surrounded by athletes who will lend their voices to making the LA28 Games unforgettable."