SAMbassadors

SAMbassadors

A group of active, civically engaged young athletes, the Student Athletes in Motion (SAMbassadors) serve as an advisory board for the foundation, offering guidance about grants, programs and activities.


Meet the SAMbassadors


The SAMbassadors

Sabrina Del Bello

Wilson HS (Long Beach)

Cross Country, Track

Raymond Taylor

Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies

Soccer, Cross Country

Kayla Novak

Redondo Union HS

Cycling, Tennis, Track

Willis Atkinson

Millikan HS

Water Polo (multi-sports)

Kaitlyn Reyes

Venice HS

Water Polo, Swimming, Diving, Synchro, Cheerleading

Brian Portillo

Foshay Learning Center

Cross Country

Bridget Stokdyk

Harvard-Westlake HS

Soccer

Collin Flintoft

Loyola HS

Multi-Sports

Emily Beutner

Marlborough HS

Multi-Sports

Steven Marks

KIPP Academy

Football

Marisa Davalos

San Pedro HS

Soccer, Track

Jonathan Lee

Bert Lynn MS

2 Sports

Emmi Eisner

Sierra Canyon School

2 Sports

Carson Simril

Loyola HS

Track & Field

Danica Romero

Foshay Learning Center

Cross Country

Angelica Taylor

St. Mary’s Academy

Soccer, Volleyball

Madeline Castle

Redondo Union HS

Gymnastics, Lacrosse

Rafael Lopez

Huntington Park HS

Soccer

Malcolm Wilson

Verbum Dei HS

Football

SaraJoy Salib

Venice HS

Aquatics

Kayode Dyson

Odyssey Charter School

Soccer

Nathan Balauag

Rosemont Elementary

Multiple Sports

George Caratan

Loyola HS

Football

Jaiher Douglas

Augustus Hawkins HS

Basketball, Football

Ezra Frech

Brentwood School

Track & Field

Leah Ho

Windward School

Skateboarding

Christian Rodriguez Diaz

Rosemont Elementary

Multiple Sports


SAMbassador News

LA84 SAMbassadors Ride With Olympians, Paralympians on Rose Parade Float
Even on a cloudy Monday morning, spirits were bright for four Angeleno student-athletes as they celebrated the New Year in
LA84 SAMbassadors March in Kingdom Day Parade
Two LA84 Foundation SAMbassadors took part in the 32nd annual Kingdom Day Parade, joining thousands of Angelenos on Monday to
LA84 Youth Ambassadors to Ride Float in 128th Rose Parade
Four student-athletes will be taking an active part in the 2017 Rose Parade, representing the LA84 Foundation as part of

About Sam

Sam the Eagle, popularly known as Sam, was born on August 4, 1980, one day after the Closing Ceremony of the Moscow Olympic Games. Sam served as the official mascot of the 1984 Olympic Games, making public appearances and lending his/her image to Olympic publications and memorabilia. Sam’s parents, Walt Disney Productions, gave Sam seven colors – red, white, dark blue, light blue, yellow, black and brown. Sam’s physique, which is highly unusual if not unique among eagles, enables Sam to take part in a wide range of Olympic sports. As an eagle, Sam embodies the national symbol of the United States and the Olympic Motto: Higher, Faster, Stronger. Since 1984, Sam has remained active in the Olympic Movement, frequently participating in events that promote the Olympic Spirit.


LA84 Youth Ambassador Responsibilities & Opportunities

The LA84 Youth Ambassador criteria and responsibilities include:

  • Maintain good grades in school
  • Be currently active in a structured sports program
  • Is or is seeking to become civically involved and is inspired by the Olympic values
  • Supports the work of the LA84 Foundation – Life Ready Through Sports
  • Attend two meetings a year at LA84 Foundation headquarters
  • Provide feedback, guidance and advice on LA84 Foundation work, service areas and impact

LA84 Youth Ambassador will have the opportunity to be:

  • Listed on the LA84 website as an LA84 Youth Ambassador
  • Invited to attend/volunteer at LA84 events and programs
  • Invited to attend LA84 hosted receptions and press events for Olympic athletes/teams
  • Interviewed for possible internships with LA84 during the summer months
  • Invited to do volunteer work, including performing as our Foundation mascot, Sam the Eagle, at events