POSTED: April 23rd 2015

SportAccord 2015: Board of Directors announced for Boston 2024 Olympic bid

MARISSA FLANDERS and LAURA WALDEN at the Radisson Blue Hotel in SOCHI / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Boston 2024 Partnership announced its Board of Directors, which will represent the next important step in the process of competing to become the host city of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Taking advantage of newly appointed Chief Operating Officer, Erin Murphy, attending the SportAccord Convention taking place in Sochi, Russia, the announcement was reinforced by her presence here on the ground. 

Murphy was getting to know the key players in the Olympic Movement.

Leaders from non-profit, law, business, labor, professional, education and the Olympic and Paralympic movements were chosen for the board. All the leaders will bring significant and diverse expertise and are active proponents of the benefits of bringing the Games to Boston, along with the contributions Boston can make to the advancement of the Olympic Movement.

Chairman and CEO of Suffolk Construction, John Fish will chair Boston's 2024 Board. The Board's Vice Chairs will be Roger Crandall, Chairman, President and CEO of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and Steve Pagliuca, Managing Partner of Bain Capital and Co-owner of the Boston Celtics.

Also joining the Boston 2024 as Board Directors are leaders from the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) include:

Chairman of the USOC Board of Directors and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member, Larry Probst; USOC Board Director, IOC Member and Olympian, Anita DeFrantz; USOC Board Director and former CEO of Bloomberg, L.P., Daniel L. Doctoroff; USOC Board Director and Olympian, Whitney Ping; USOC Board Director, IOC Member and Olympian, Angela Ruggiero; USOC CEO, Scott Blackmun; and USOC Board Director and Duke University Athletic Director, Kevin White.

In addition, prominent athletes have voiced their support for Boston's bid to host the 2024 Games. Some of those supporters will join the Board and they include:

Boston Celtics legend and Olympian, Joseph Henry "JoJo; Olympian and United States President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition member, Michelle Kwan; Boston Celtics legend, Olympian and current Indiana Pacers Team President, Larry Bird; 2014 Boston Marathon Winner and Olympian, Meb Keflezighi; Boston Red Sox and nine-time All-Star Major League Baseball (MLB) player, David Ortiz; and Paralympian, Boston Marathon Winner and M.D. at Boston's Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Cheri Blauwet.

The Board will also include local leaders who have made significant philanthropic and civic contributions to the Greater Boston community. Those members include:

President and CEO of The Partnership, Inc., Carol Fulp; Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District General Agent, Brian Doherty; Bidding for Good Sales Team Leader and Co-founder of initiative to bring 2024 Olympic Games to Boston, Eric Reddy; and Bentley University President, Gloria Larson.

"The Boston 2024 Partnership is fortunate to be surrounded by this breadth of talent and depth of expertise as we collectively showcase the significance of the Olympic Games for our city." stated John Fish.

Fish added, "We're tapping into a diverse base of support, experience and counsel to develop a winning plan that aligns with the long-term vision of Boston and brings back to the U.S. the spirit and community-building power of the Olympic Games."

The Board of Directors will provide governance oversight on the key policy issues leading up to the final bidding process. They held their inaugural meeting yesterday and are scheduled to meet as a full Board twice a year. Members will also have to lend their expertise on a frequent basis as participants on Board committees, which include executive, governance/ nominating and audit committees. The committee's membership is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks.

Larry Probst expressed, "The formation of Boston 2024's board of directors further solidifies the important relationship between the City of Boston, the bid committee and the USOC. The enthusiastic support from each of the partners reflects the tremendous opportunity the Games provide."

Probst concluded, "Our aligned approach to planning and governance enhances Boston's bid and unites us in a common goal to make the 2024 Games transformative for Boston, and the Olympic and Paralympic movements."

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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