Seven-­time U.S. Paralympian Allison Jones Leads a Win4Youth workout

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Allison Jones 1The United States Olympic Committee Athlete Career and Education (ACE) Program, also an Adecco CSR program, helps U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes transition from their athletic careers to the workforce. The Athletic Career and Education Program also assists athletes who are currently training in finding part­time jobs that are flexible to accommodate their travel and training schedules. Win4Youth is a major component of Adecco’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative to give back to local communities. For every kilometer Adecco employees run, bike or swim, the company donates money to youth charities around the globe. We had the amazing opportunity to join the two programs together under the watchful tutelage of seven­time Paralympic cyclist Allison Jones at the U.S. Olympic Committee’s (USOC) headquarters in Colorado Springs. Staff from the USOC, Ignite, and Adecco Staffing, USA all cycled together in a Win for Youth event to log miles to raise money for a local branch of the YMCA, a multi­sport organization of the USOC.

Allison Jones 2Now, we all enjoy a good challenge, but do you know how difficult it is to try and keep up with a Paralympic cyclist at the gym? It’s next to impossible! Thankfully for us participants, the bikes were stationary. Multi­medal Paralympian and rock star Allison Jones took us through a rigorous workout, demonstrating what it takes to be a gold medal track and road cyclist.

Allison, a member of the USOC Athlete Career and Education Program, worked as an Adecco Associate while she won bronze and gold medals for Team USA in the London 2012 Olympic Games, and the first medal for the U.S. at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Having a job while training full­time has allowed Allison to continue her pursuit of excellence while inspiring the rest of us to be the best we can be!!

Allison Jones 3This year, Adecco’s goal is to bike, swim and run 1,750,000 kilometers to raise money for youth charities. At the end of our workout with Allison, our team logged a total of 308 kilometers. Looking for a little inspiration? Check out the Adecco Athlete Career and Education Program blog and follow the stories of some U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls as they prepare for their chance to compete on the world’s largest stage!

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