The LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games today announced they are sponsoring a bill to provide in-state tuition eligibility for Olympians and Paralympians and elite Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls who train in California.
“With exceptional world-class sports facilities across the state, California is one of the most special places to train in elite sports,” said LA28 Chief Athlete Officer and 5-time Olympic medalist Janet Evans. “Many of us train and compete at the NCAA level, but not all Olympic and Paralympic sports are supported by collegiate programs. This bill recognizes the tremendous work athletes put in and provides a path to affordable education and long-term success beyond the field of play. Supporting athletes across their entire lives is central to our work at the LA28 Games and we are proud to sponsor this important legislation to support athletes’ career transition.”
Authored by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, this bill would offer Team USA athletes certified by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee training in California for the LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and other future Olympic and Paralympic Games, classification for in-state college tuition, supporting long-term wellness and career transition for elite athletes.
The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic National Governing Body Council, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Athlete Advisory Council and the U.S. Olympians and Paralympians Association, which comprises Team USA alumni have each provided their endorsement of the bill.