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May 09, 2013
Training Center Refurbishments
Support the Dream: Hilton HHonors U.S. Olympic Training Center Refurbishments

As the official hotel partner of the United States Olympic Committee, Hilton HHonors showed its continued support and commitment to support the dreams of Team USA athletes through its latest Olympic Training Center refurbishment project. Through our partnership with Team USA, Hilton HHonors works to ensure that Team USA athletes and coaches always have the perfect place to stay along their Olympic and Paralympic journey.

For more information on our partnership check out the video and gallery links.

In an effort to support Team USA leading up to the London 2012 Olympic Games, Hilton HHonors launched the Support the Dream program, encouraging Team USA fans to submit good luck messages to the athletes. For every message received, HHonors committed to donating $1 worth of hotel amenities to U.S. Olympic Training Centers. In the end, HHonors received more than 190,000 messages.

Since the United States Olympic Committee and its athletes do not receive government funding, this project reflects the importance of the Team USA partnership. The campaign helped HHonors refurbish athlete dorm rooms at the Colorado Springs, Chula Vista and Lake Placid official Olympic Training Centers using Hilton Worldwide standard hotel amenities.

The training center at Colorado Springs received new shower curtains and blankets, to compliment previous refurbishments received from Hilton HHonors. Chula Vista, CA received its first refurbishment from HHonors with items such as bed pillows, duvet quilt inserts and covers. Three of the Hilton HHonors Team USA Career Program athletes, Britney Henry, Ciara Short, and Jon Ginolfi, provided hands-on support in Chula Vista by moving, unpacking and setting up items in each of the 133 athlete dorm rooms.

“The importance of sleep is only half the battle for training and competing athletes. That is why it is so crucial to have updated items and feel comfortable while resting and when not training or competing. It means a lot to me. I like that we, as Team USA athletes and Hilton Worldwide Team Members, are able to give back especially to our USA grounds. And the values that are instilled with us as Hilton Worldwide Team Members through the career program make it more meaningful. I am really happy that we had that opportunity to have a hands-on, involved experience with the U.S. Olympic Training Center as well as with Hilton Worldwide,” said Ciara Short.

Tracy Lamb, the Director of the Chula Vista U.S. Olympic Training Center spoke to the importance of the refurbishment project and how valuable the partnership is. Lamb said, “The Hilton HHonors program really gives the training center an opportunity to enhance the living conditions for the athletes and the partnership helps us provide that service from somebody who’s is a leader in the industry.”

Hilton HHonors completed the third and final Olympic Training Center refurbishment on February 12 at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center. As this was the first Hilton HHonors refurbishment at this location, the project required more hands-on assistance. Team Members from the Burlington, VT area DoubleTree Burlington, Hilton Hotel Burlington, and Hampton Inn Burlington volunteered their time to unpack, move and setup blackout curtains, bed frames, box springs, mattresses, desk, chairs, and bed tidy up in each of the 96 athlete dorm rooms.

Julie Garrett, Manager, OTC Business Development at the United States Olympic Committee, said, “The partnership between the USOC and HHonors is very important, as this is what HHonors does. They pay attention to the fine details that seem small but make a huge impact. Refurbishments would not get done in big increments if it wasn't for the partnership that the USOC has with HHonors.”