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With Washington, D.C. among four U.S. cities in contention to host the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games, a leadership team was announced Sept. 4 to further the city’s bid with the United States Olympic Committee.

The announcement was made by the founders of Washington 2024, a nonprofit organization dedicated to moving the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic bid forward. The leadership team is composed of respected members of the D.C. community including athletes, business leaders and elected officials.

“The leadership team and I embrace the ideal of unity embodied in the Olympic Movement, which has inspired and united people around the world through the universal language of sport,” Russ Ramsey, chair of Washington 2024, said in a statement. “Our hope is that by bringing the Summer Olympic Games to Washington, we will foster greater unity in the Capital Region.”

Board members include Anthony Williams, former mayor of Washington, D.C.; Paul Tagliabue, former commissioner of the NFL; Denise Rolark-Barnes, publisher of the Washington Informer; Kevin Plank, CEO and founder of Under Armour, Inc.; and Rosie Allen-Herring, president and CEO of United Way of the National Capital Area, among others.

U.S. Olympic Committee executives will vet each city’s proposal and make a decision early next year whether to advance any of the four cities’ bids to the International Olympic Committee, which will render a final choice.

Residents in the D.C. region are encouraged to visit DC2024.org to get involved, support the bid and read about the visions of Washington 2024 board members.

Christina Sturdivant

Special to the AFRO