BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University athletic department is honored to join the Olympians Made Here campaign developed by Team USA and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Collegiate Advisory Council. The Olympians Made Here campaign was created to elevate Olympic and Paralympic sports on college campuses nationwide.
Team USA has been joined by more than 100 American universities from 24 different conferences in the NCAA DI, DII and DIII levels to collaborate and make an impact. Nearly 80 percent of Team USA athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games had collegiate ties.
The Olympians Made Here campaign begins with the year leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games with five different phases: Launch, History, Made 2020, Games and Recognize. The July launch will be followed by recognizing the history of collegiate athletes on Team USA before the third phase, Made 2020 which encompasses the qualifications for the Tokyo Games. The final two phases are the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and the recognition of the athletes following the games next fall.
King has had ties to the Olympics over the last decade, starting with Kemar Hyman who ran for Cayman Islands in 2012.
The Tornado have had international success in women's wrestling as Haley Augello qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she went 1-2 at the event. Leading up to the 2016 games, King had the most women's wrestlers at the Olympic Trials with 13 individuals competing for a spot on the Olympic Team.
This year, King has three women's wrestling individuals that are on the 2019 World Team, the equivalent of the Olympic Team. Sarah Hildebrand, 2018 Team USA Wrestler of the Year, Alli Ragan and Forrest Molinari. The trio will compete this fall at the World Championships.
For more information, please visit TeamUSA.org/OlympiansMadeHere