They train 40 hours a week. Sometimes, they train more. And if their home and training facility aren’t in the same city, they commute.
That’s the life many elite athletes live, day after day, week after week. With so much on their plates, how can they possibly manage a career?
They get help. Adecco, in partnership with the U.S. Olympic Committee, provides career assistance to elite athletes through the USOC Athlete Career Program sponsored by Adecco. Since 2005, hundreds of athletes have gotten much-deserved support through the program, helping them plan and build lasting careers that will reward them long after their training days have ended.
Life After Sports
It’s a common misconception that elite athletes are well compensated. For example, a 2012 report from the Track & Field Athletes Association provides startling evidence to the contrary: “Approximately 50% of our athletes who rank in the top 10 in the USA in their event make less than $15,000 annually from the sport (sponsorship, grants, prize money, etc.).” The article also reports that athletes without a top 10 USA ranking earn little — if any — financial support from their athletic endeavors.
These athletes persevere out of love for their sports and a passion for competition, often at great cost to their long-term earning potential. Unfortunately, there are limited career resources available to support them. That’s why Adecco and the USOC decided to do something about it.
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