Classroom Champions

Emily spent many years of her competitive career as a mentor for Classroom Champions and is now using the skills she learned as an ahtlete to give back to this community as a program manager. She currently manages the pilot program College Champions, which matches NCAA student atheletes with under-served classrooms around the country as well as Cariibean Programming in St. Lucia and Grenada. 


A kind of 21st century pen-pal, each athlete mentor adopts 1-4 classrooms per year in under-served communities. Focusing on their own personal journey, athletes teach about the hard work of training, goal setting, competition and perseverance. Using video lessons and live video chats, students are engaged with their athlete mentor several times per month. Our program supports teachers by helping them incorporate these activities into their curricula, focusing on letter writing, reading, geography, math, technology, goal setting and leadership.


We believe every child has the right to learn the process of excellence, yet many students in under-served communities face significant barriers to gaining these critical skills. Therefore we work hard to partner with teachers to instill qualities of excellence in students that will last the rest of their lives.

We measure for improvements in key areas for students’ future success including goal setting ability and perseverance, school engagement, digital literacy, and interpersonal skills; areas that lead to increased academic performance. In teachers we measure job performance, job engagement, and digital literacy. In mentors we measure communication skills, leadership skills, and digital literacy. 

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Kids Play International


Founded in 2008 by 3x Olympian, Tracy Evans, Kids Play Int’l (KPI) has developed three programs to help fulfill its mission of using sport to educate African youth on and off the field:

1) Let’s Play! community sports education program, that uses sport to teach life skills and the importance of physical fitness and healthy living;

2) KIDS Dream Big! scholarship fund, which identifies and sponsors girls and boys who are not currently in school and provides financial assistance to keep them in school through college;

3) Travel with a Purpose volunteer trips lead by Olympic and elite athletes that give travelers an opportunity to travel with a purpose and experience using sport as a means to make a positive difference in the lives of underserved kids in developing countries.  Many of these trips are lead by elite, Professional or Olympic athletes.

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Right to Play


Right to play is a humanitarian organization bringing sport and play to the world's most disadvantaged children. I am working to give every child a right to play, take part in sports and above all, I'm giving kids a chance to be kids.

Read about my most recent trip to Tanzania to learn about Right to Play's programs first hand here

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Visa Champions Creating Champions

Visa Champions Creating Champions was created to inspire and empower young athletes to be bold and confident in their lives and sports through the mentorship of Olympic and National team athletes.

Visa Champions Creating Champions was created by U.S. Ski Team athlete Emily Cook, with support from Visa and the Utah Athletic Foundation. Emily believed that she could make a difference in the lives of young athletes just as her mentors had positively influenced her in the past. She dreamt of creating a program where world-class athletes could support young athletes in their sport by mentoring them and developing a relationship of encouragement and strength. That dream came true when 34 Olympic and national team athletes were matched with Park City and Salt Lake City youth in a mentoring program that started in September 2002 and ran successfully through 2006. 

Today, Emily works wtih Classroom Champions to help many more Olympians and Paralympians mentor youth around the world.