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Olympic Gold Medalist And U.S. Track And Field Athlete DeeDee Trotter To Speak To Two Pikes Peak Region Schools

USADA Athlete Ambassador to share messages of integrity, respect, determination and ethical choices.

Olympic Gold Medalist and U.S. Track and Field athlete, DeeDee Trotter, is set to speak to the students and staff of two Pikes Peak region schools this Friday, September 23, 2011.

Manitou Springs High School, in Manitou Springs and Atlas Preparatory School of Colorado Springs’ School District 2, will welcome Trotter, who comes to the area as part of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) Athlete Ambassador program, and as a strong advocate of drug free sport and the importance of competing in athletics with honor, integrity and respect. In addition to sharing her inspirational story and experiences representing the United States as an Olympian, Trotter’s messages will focus on accepting challenges, goal setting, ethical decision making as well as the effects of choices that students make both in sport and in their everyday lives.

Manitou Springs High School

Manitou Springs High School recently received a grant to support its female athletic programs, and looks forward to Trotter delivering her presentation titled “Walking your Talk” which highlights the importance of having integrity in sport, the value of good nutrition, and competing without the use of performance-enhancing or recreational drugs. Trotter is scheduled to speak for approximately 30-45 minutes during the school assembly which is held for all students participating in at least one sport.

When: September 23, 2011 at 10:50 am.
Where:  Manitou Springs High School, 401 El Monte Pl., Manitou Springs, CO, 80829

Atlas Preparatory School

Trotter will speak to a large group of fifth graders at Atlas Prep, and cover a range of topics including goal setting, determination, how to push yourself on and off the field, as well as strategies for what to do when the going gets tough. The presentation will also include discussion of the unique challenges female athletes encounter, and Trotter will address the biases female athletes sometimes face.

When: September 23, 2011 at 2:45 p.m.
Where:  Atlas Preparatory School, 1602 South Murray Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO, 80916

For further information about either presentation, DeeDee Trotter, or to schedule an interview with her, please contact USADA Media Relations Manager, Annie Skinner at (719)785-2046 or askinner@usada.org.

USADA is the non-profit, independent and non-governmental entity responsible for the testing and results management process in the U.S. for athletes in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement, upholding the Olympic ideal of fair play, and representing the interests of athletes. USADA is dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.

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