WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Thursday, a group dedicated to bringing the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games to D.C. released a list of board members, which includes athletes business leaders and elected officials. Washington 2024 also re-launched its website DC2024.org.
Here are the list of board members:
- Rosie Allen-Herring, president and CEO of United Way of the National Capital Area
- José Andrés, chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup
- Neil Cohen, president and CEO of District Photo, Inc.
- Mark Ein, founder and CEO of Venturehouse Group, LLC and founder/owner of the Washington Kastles World Team Tennis Franchise
- Robert G. Hisaoka, president of RRR, LLC, Chairman of Carsquare
- Jim Hudson, former U.S. representative to the European Reconstruction and Redevelopment Bank
- Sheila Johnson, president, managing partner and governor of the WNBA's Washington Mystics
- Jeong H. Kim, chairman of Kiswe, Inc.
- Mark D. Lerner, principal owner and vice chairman of the Washington Nationals Baseball Club and a principal of Lerner Enterprise
- Kevin Plank, CEO and founder of Under Armour, Inc.
- Anthony T. Pierce, partner in charge, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLC
- Linda Rabbitt, founder, chairman and CEO of rand* construction corporation
- Joseph Rigby, president and CED of the Pepco Holdings, Inc.
- Denise Rolark-Barnes, publisher of the Washington Informer
- Paul Tagliabue, former commissioner of the National Football League (NFL)
- Mark Weinberger, global chairman & CEO of EY
- Anthony Williams, mayor of Washington D.C. from 1999 to 2007
Washington 2024 Chair Russ Ramsey and Vice Chair Ted Leonsis are encouraging people in D.C., Virginia and Maryland to get involved in the effort by visiting the website and sharing images showing their support on social media. They want people to create the symbol of unity by making a U with their hands and posting the photo on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the hashtags #DC2024 and #unity.
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley issued a statement about the effort Thursday:
"I'm excited to join Gov. McAuliffe and Mayor Gray to support the National Capital Region's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Here in Maryland, we're focused on doing the things that work to create jobs, spur innovation and expand opportunity. As one of the greatest sporting events our world has ever known, the Olympics is one of the best diplomatic tools we have to transcend the walls that divide us and provide a spark of hope for the next generation. Hosting the Olympics will foster a lasting sports, tourism and cultural legacy for our nation while also highlighting Maryland and the Capital Region's seamless coordination, strength, diversity, and vibrancy on the ultimate global stage."
Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette also released a statement:
"Today's announcement that a leadership team has been formed for Washington 2024 means that our region's bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic games has kicked into full gear... I speak for the County Board when I say that the Olympics could be a great thing for this region and for Arlington. We agree with Washington 2024 that this is an historic opportunity for our region to be part of the Olympic Movement."
Fisette says the county wants to talk to Washington 2024 about the possibility of Long Bridge Park to be included in the plan for the Olympics. Construction plans, which include an aquatic, health and fitness facility, were suspended there in June because bids for the second phase of the project were more than the budget amount.
D.C. is one of four U.S. cities under consideration to host the Summer 2024 Games. The United States Olympic Committee will make a decision in early 2015 whether or not to bid and select a city.