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10 Olympians with medals in philanthropy

Dec. 30, 2013, 12:12 p.m.
Tracy Evans, Kids Play International

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Tracy Evans

Three-time Olympian and U.S. champion freestyle aerial skier Tracy Evans started Kids Play International in 2008. The organization works to promote gender equity in regions and countries affected by genocide. At the heart of KPI is its Let's Play Fair program, started in 2011 in the Rwandan village of Gatagara, which uses sports to teach its core values like respect, good sportsmanship, teamwork, and of course gender equity. “They (those values) are so near and dear to me,” Evans said. “I learned so much from them in my own Olympic career that it just makes sense to also be promoting those same values in a program that is using sports to promote gender equity.” Evans is looking to expand the program into parts of Cambodia in 2015.