Katie Ledecky receives Athletes for Hope Community Hero Award

The volunteer Gators coach has served as an advocate for the Refugee Olympic Swim Team and as a US State Department Goodwill Ambassador in Tokyo and Seoul.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Gators volunteer coach Katie Ledecky received the Community Hero of 2022 award at the Athletes for Hope – Play For Good ceremony in Springfield, Va. last week. Last year’s winner and NBA champion Steph Curry presented him with the award via video.

Athletes for Hope was founded in 2006 by a group of athletes, including Muhammad Ali, Jeff Gordon and Alonzo Mourning, among others, who all shared a deep commitment to helping others.

Ledecky has been recognized for her role in promoting STEM education for young people and has also worked with former charities such as Bikes For the Word, Wounded Warriors, Shepard’s Table, Jesuit Refugee Service and Horizons Greater Washington.

At the Tokyo Olympics, Ledecky supported the Refugee Olympic Swimming Team and served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the US State Department, where she donated swimsuits and equipment to more than 800 children in Tokyo and Seoul.

Ledecky is in his second season on the Florida swim and dive team, and the Gators continue their season Oct. 22 against the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville.

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