POSTED: Thursday June 29th 2017

"Olympic values made me who I am today"

LA 2024 Community Coordinator shares impact of her Olympic value-based education at EXPO Center youth event

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LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles Olympic legacy story came full circle today as LA 2024 Community Coordinator Corine Taylor addressed dozens of teen leaders at LA’s EXPO Center, the facility that first introduced her to the power of the Olympic Movement.

The EXPO Center is an intergenerational recreation center built around the 1932 Olympic swimming pool and funded in part by the LA84 Foundation. The center offers young Angelenos access to sport and recreation programs, as well as music and art instruction, career preparation and job training, teen leadership seminars, and more.

The EXPO Center served as one of Taylor’s first introductions to the Olympic Movement, leading her to an LA84 Foundation internship and now a role in the City of Angels’ bid for a third Games. Taylor coordinates LA 2024’s Volunteer Service Program, which recently grew to over 10,000 volunteers. In her speech, Taylor pointed to the EXPO Center and the LA84 Foundation as key examples of how Olympic legacy and education inspire young people on and off the field of play. Taylor encouraged the university-bound students to remember the Olympic values - friendship, excellence and respect - regardless of the career path they choose.

LA 2024 Community Coordinator Corine Taylor said: “The Olympic values made me who I am today. I was immediately attracted to the Olympic goal of building a peaceful world through sport because I saw firsthand through the EXPO Center and the LA84 Foundation how the Games have the power to provide real benefits for communities. The legacies of the ‘32 and ‘84 Games are so powerful because they are, primarily, human legacies. I am proud to be part of LA 2024, a bid focused not on legacy in terms of expensive construction projects, but on a human legacy that inspires and provides opportunity for the next generation.”

Taylor’s participation in the EXPO Center event is part of LA 2024’s #FollowTheSun to Olympic Agenda 2020 campaign, comprising 20 announcements in 20 days to show how LA 2024 will contribute to the IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020 strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. Olympic Agenda 2020’s Recommendation 22 encourages the Olympic Movement to identify and support initiatives that can help spread the Olympic values.

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