After London, I wanted to continue to be active in the Olympic movement so I applied for a position in Rio. I think the Rio Organizing Committee thought that with my background as an attorney who has been the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of several public companies, and as a drug tested athlete, I could address the needs and concerns of the individual athletes, as well of the sports and of the Olympics themselves, to protect the process and ensure a level playing field and legitimate and fair completion.
Volunteering at the Olympics was a natural extension of my volunteering passion. I have been a volunteer at many levels in sports, from the most local level to the world stage. I coached my own children’s youth sports such as soccer, hockey, and Little League and officiated at the swimming and soccer at the New York State Empire State Games. I also helped to run the powerlifting venue at the Special Olympics World Games, were held in Westchester, and was the Venue Director of the Basketball at the Maccabi Games. I have been a referee and official at various powerlifting meets and have also become a popular emcee, especially in Europe, where they seem to like my American slang.