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10 Oct 2013
Athletes' space

Elite athletes for hire

The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athlete Career Programme (ACP), launched in 2005 in cooperation with Adecco, strives to reach out to elite athletes, including Olympians, in order to help them navigate the delicate transition from professional athlete to a new career, outside the field of play.

The programme also seeks to build relationships with companies from around the world in order to demonstrate to employers why athletes make for good employees, and assist athletes in finding job placement and develop new professional goals.

By 2013, 10,000 athletes in over 100 countries have benefited from the ACP through programmes in place with 30 National Olympic Committees or the IOC ACP Outreach Programme. Olympian Mechelle Lewis Freeman, forced into retirement in 2009 following an injury, is just one such athlete. 

Watch this video to learn more about how the ACP has helped her on her path after the 2008 Olympic Games.


Of course, the IOC is not alone in understanding the importance and advantages of assisting athletes in their transition. Check out an article here that explains in six points the added-value of including former athletes in the workplace

Learn more about the IOCs Athlete Career Programme

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