Jacksonville, Fla. The Citi Team USA Flag Tour made its fourth stop today in Jacksonville, one of Citi’s largest sites in the United States. Olympic Hopeful Kellie Wells (track & field) and Paralympian Carlos Leon (track & field, discus) joined Citi Site President Kristi Bageant-Epperson, Rich Garside, Co-Head of Global Operations & Technology, and Citi employees in celebration and support of Team USA and the athletes’ journeys to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
“We are thrilled to bring the excitement of the London 2012 Olympic Games to Jacksonville,” Bageant-Epperson said. “Today’s event is a great way to show our support of America’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes on their journey from ambition to achievement and celebrate the commitment to excellence we share. It will be an honor to have them represent us on the world stage in London. We also want to thank Carlos, a veteran, for his service to our country.”
At the event, the athletes spoke to a crowd of more than 350 people and highlighted the importance of the network of support they received from family, friends and the community as part of their own personal Olympic and Paralympic journeys. The event was capped off by a ceremony to raise the Citi Team USA flag on the Citi Jacksonville campus which will remain up through the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Previous tour stops have included Citi sites in Sioux Falls, S.D., Irving, Texas, and Tucson, Ariz.
As the official bank of the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams and the U.S. Olympic Committee, Citi is bringing the Olympic Spirit to Citi sites and locations across the country in the months leading up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Through the Citi Team USA Flag-Raising Tour, employees and the community will get the opportunity to meet Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, hear their inspirational stories and show their support for Team USA.
Citi is the official bank sponsor of the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams and the U.S. Olympic Committee.
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Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., the U.S. Olympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. As such, the USOC is responsible for the training, entering and funding of U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, while serving as a steward of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements throughout the country. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org.