LA28 finds new partner in Guild

LA28 finds new partner in Guild

May 10, 2024

The US Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and Los Angeles 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games (commonly referred to as “LA28”) have signed a partnership agreement with Guild, a workforce solutions provider based out of Denver, Colorado. 

The partnership will see Guild act as the Official Education, Skilling & Career Mobility Supporter of Team USA and LA28.

Guild will provide Team USA athletes with opportunities to “receive education and career development opportunities with personalised one-on-one coaching to support athletes in building competitive careers alongside their athletic achievements.”

Purdue Global will also join Guild as the preferred online university and degree provider of Team USA and Guild Learning Network.

The Summer Olympics will be held in Los Angeles between July 14 and 30, 2028.

Carrie White, Vice President of Athlete Development and Engagement, USOPC, commented:

The USOPC and LA28 are committed to advocating for Team USA athletes – as they prepare to represent the United States on the global stage, and in transition to careers after retiring from competition. As part of that commitment, we recognize the responsibility of providing the Team USA athlete community access to education that meets their ambition and supports them well beyond the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Guild has a proven record of driving outcomes and long-term success for those it serves and the initial reaction from Team USA athletes to this education and career development opportunity has been incredibly positive. We are excited to share it with the entire athlete community.

Bijal Shah, Interim CEO, Guild, said:

Guild, the USOPC, and LA28 share a fundamental belief that career pathways and access to education are key to the holistic development of athletes. We are proud to be a partner in offering Team USA Athletes something they truly deserve — access to tuition-free education and career support opportunities.At Guild, we recognize that talent is everywhere — but opportunity is not. We must afford talent the opportunity to rise, and no one understands that better than Team USA. We’re excited to be by their side to help them achieve their career goals.

Daniella Ramirez, Paris-bound Team USA Artistic Swimmer, added:

As an athlete, I’ve dedicated the majority of my life to reach this moment in my career and my education has remained a key pillar and priority throughout my training. It’s incredible that through this program, Guild will make opportunities available to current and future Team USA athletes who are also driven by their educational pursuits and might otherwise have to sacrifice one or the other.

Janet Evans, LA28 Chief Athlete Officer, stated:

Guild’s vision for a future of work that works for everyone aligns with LA28’s commitment to supporting the whole athlete, from their performance to their total well-being. As we prepare for the LA28 Games, we’re thrilled to partner with Guild to provide tools and opportunities to positively impact Team USA athletes.

Frank Dooley, Purdue Global Chancellor, added:

Purdue Global welcomes Team USA athletes to move forward in their career by earning a degree they can be proud of from our catalogue of offerings.Our team is uniquely qualified to assist Team USA at all stages of their athletic and professional careers.

Aditya Chaudhuri

Hailing from the City of Joy, the things that bring me joy are cricket, a good non-tilt CS:GO session, F1 and movies.

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