Our Athlete Ambassadors

Our ambassadors span a wide array of nations and disciplines. We are proud and honored to have them be a part of the Athlete CRUSH family!

 

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White Sox

Andrew Perez 🇺🇸🇩🇴🇨🇺

Baseball - White Sox
Andrew is a Dominican, Cuban and American pitcher in the Chicago White Sox Organization from Orlando, Florida. He started out at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, where he studied and played for three years. He is very devoted and dedicated to making a difference in the lives of those around him. He is very passionate about bettering the environment and giving everyone the opportunity to excel in life. He has faced adversity throughout his life which has taught him to understand how precious life is and to empower those that he can.
Skye Nicolson

Skye Nicolson 🇦🇺

Boxing - Team Australia
Skye is a 23-year-old Australian boxer from Queensland who has represented Australia on a number of occassions in the featherweight division. She recently won the Gold Medal at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. She also managed to take home bronze at the 2016 Light Featherweight World Championship in Astana. She loves boxing as it opened up doors for her that she couldn't even imagine when she was younger. She wants to do her part in giving other girls like her the same opportunities she was lucky enough to get when growing up.
San Antonio FC

Michael Lahoud 🇸🇱🇺🇸

Soccer - San Antonio FC
Mike is a central midifelder for San Antonio FC in the USL. He is originally from Sierra Leone, which he has represented at the senior national team level on multiple occasions. He has played for the likes of Chivas USA, Philadelphia Union, New York Cosmos, Miami FC, and FC Cincinnati. He is also a passionate humanitarian and was awarded the FIFPro Merit Award in 2015 for his work building his own school back in Sierra Leone. He is extremely passionate about giving back and gets involved in the community in any way he can!
Team USA

Ebiye Jeremy Udo-Udoma🇳🇬🇺🇸

Handball & Touch Rugby - Team USA
EJ is a former pro freestyler turned two-sport Team USA athlete. EJ is a 1st generation Nigerian-American, who started out as a sports model for Nike, Adidas, New Era, Powerade etc. He specialized in basketball commercials and after winning the 2012 Harlem Globetrotters Online Talent Search in 2012, a scout steered EJ towards a Team USA Handball try-out. He went on to debut at 20 and has represented the US Handball team multiple times, won gold at the Pan-Am’s with the US Beach Handball team, and even had a number of goals go viral. EJ also plays touch rugby for the LA Royals with which he won the 2017 National Championship & earned a spot at the 2019 World Cup with Team USA. EJ is also a beach handball ambassador promoting the sport in hopes of geting it added to the Olympics.
Pernilla Winberg

Pernilla Winberg 🇸🇪

Ice Hockey - Team Sweden
Pernilla is a Swedish professional ice hockey player for Swedish first division side, LHC Dam. She has made a total of 318 appearances for Team Sweden, representing her country 4 times at the Olympics - winning 1 silver medal and winning 2 World Championship bronze medals as well. She has also won 3 Swedish Championships and was named the 2010 Player of the Year in Sweden. Prior to playing professionally, she played and studied for 4 years at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Aside from hockey, Pernilla works for Idrott utan gränser (sport without borders), an organization which helps develop young children in her community through sports, and she runs hockey camps in the summer to provide sporting opportunities for those who may struggle to find some otherwise.
Team Great Britain

Richard Chiassaro 🇬🇧

Wheelchair Racing - Team Great Britain
Richard is a British T54 wheelchair racer for Team Great Britain. Richard holds the British record for the 200m, and the British and European records for the 400m, 800m and 1500m. He also managed to win gold in the 200m and silver in the 100m, 400m, and the 800m at the European Championships in 2016. Not only that, he also has a World Championship bronze medal to him name and came 4th at the Rio Paralympics in the 400m! Richard also runs a disability squad to help people from ages 5-50+ get into sport. It has become the biggest wheelchair racing squad in the UK and he has now expanded the squad to include a wheelchair basketball team (which just won the Division 3 league and got promoted to Division 2). Richard has voluntarily run the operation to make a difference and to provide people with disabilities a chance to take part in sport.
Team Kenya

Sammy Oliech 🇰🇪

Rugby - Team Kenya
Sammy is a Kenyan rugby player who plays for the Resolution Impala Saracens club and has also represented Kenya in a number of XVs test matches, at the IRB World Sevens Series and the 2016 Rio Olympics. He is currently completing a degree in computing and hoping to dive further into cyber security. Sammy has a number of interests, one big one being charity work. He has been heavily involved with Coninx's amazing 1Metre1Litre campaign which aims to provide clean drinking water to the people in Kenya. Sammy is extremely passionate about bettering the conditions for people in his home country. He describes himself as an overall lover of life and someone who is always looking to spread joy and happiness to others. We agree! P.S. He loves pandas!
kaye

Kaye Scott 🇦🇺

Boxing - Team Australia
Kaye is an Olympic level boxer for Team Australia. She fell in love with boxing nearly 10 years ago through her local gym, just participating in fitness boxing classes while studying at university. Now, she has made the Australian Boxing Team, she competed twice at the Commonwealth Games and winning one bronze medal, she’s ranked the number 1 welterweight in the country, and she had her best ever performance in 2016 with a silver medal at the Boxing World Championships! In addition to boxing, she’s passionate about women’s participation in sport. She loves to encourage exercise and sport as a way to develop confidence, build self-esteem, create a healthy body image and to prove to women that they can pursue whatever sport they fall in love with.
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Avery Ellis 🇺🇸

American Football - Ottawa Redblacks
Avery Ellis is a professional football player, currently playing in the Canadian Football League for the Ottawa Redblacks. His college football career was spent at Temple University, where he assisted as one of the captains and was elected to be on Temple’s Student Athlete Association Committee. In 2016, Ellis was acquired by the Redblacks, leading his team in various defensive statistical categories. He helped lead the Redblacks to the 2018 Eastern Final and the Grey Cup Championship. While not only dominating on the field, Ellis is also a consistent advocate by encouraging the youth through various children camps and being an ambassador for the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada fundraising events. Ellis’ passions of art and reading have molded him into the influencer he flourished into today.
Austin Bold FC

Amobi Okugo 🇳🇬🇺🇸

Soccer - Austin Bold FC
Amobi Okugo is a current professional soccer player and entrepreneur. He is a first generation Nigerian American born and raised in California. After leaving UCLA after his freshman year, he pursued professional soccer and has amassed over 150 appearance with Philadelphia, Orlando, Kansas City, Portland, and Austin. He is the founder of A Frugal Athlete, a platform meant to promote prudent financial practices and smart career decisions amongst professional and student athletes. He also founded Ok U Go foundation, a non profit organization meant to provide opportunities for low income children through athletic, educational, and social programs.
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Carrie Russell 🇯🇲

Bobsled - Team Jamaica
Carrie is a former Team Jamaica sprinter turned Team Jamaica bobsleigh pilot. She is the 2006 world junior 100m bronze medallist, 2011 world university games 100m gold medallist and 2013 world championship 4x100m gold medallist. She was also part of the history making Jamaican team in the Winter Olympics game 2018, in South Korea. She is now doing the IBSF Monobob Circuit where she won silver this year. She is passionate about providing educational opportunities for inner city children in Jamaica, and she earned a degree in education from the University of Technology in Jamaica to allow her to do that. Carrie is also a great cook and a culinary teacher.
Team Great Britain

Simon Lawson 🇬🇧

Wheelchair Racing - Team Great Britain
Simon is an ex-British Motocross Racing champion who tragically broke his spine at the age of 19 and became paralysed. However, that wouldn’t slow him down and affect his love for sports. Simon is now a T53 wheelchair road racer for Team Great Britain, with whom he is a Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, and he is also a British Marathon record holder with a crazy impressive time of 1:25:06. Simon likes to see the positive side of life and uses all the adversity he has faced in life to inspire others to never give up and to take on new challenges. He is heavily involved with a number of schools across the UK where he has been a motivational speaker to children.
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Simon Skrabb 🇫🇮

Soccer - IFK Norrköping
Simon is a professional Finnish soccer player for Swedish 1st Division side IFK Norrköping. Simon started out playing in Finland for FF Jaro where he quickly established himself as one of the most gifted youngsters in Finland. Simon is still the youngest player in Finnish history to score in the first division. After FF Jaro, he signed for Swedish 1st Division side Atvidabergs FF, before moving to Gefle IF on loan and then making a permanent move to IFK Norrköping. Simon has earned 11 caps for the senior men’s Finnish National Team and was even up for the Puskas Award in 2016 with an epic “Scorpion Kick” goal. Simon is passionate about bettering the environment.
Estoril Praia G.D.

Chloe Gorman 🇺🇸

Soccer - Estoril Praia G.D.
Chloe is an All-American soccer player from McDaniel College, who holds multiple school records in track. She recently took her talents overseas spending some time in France and making her professional debut this season for Estoril Praia G.D. in Portugal. In 2017, she was part of Team USA at the AMFutsal World Cup helping lead the team to its first world ranking. She not only has a degree in physics but she holds a Blackbelt in Aikido as well. She hopes to inspire young athletes to become their best selves on and off the field, she looks forward to empowering girls to find their strength through sports.
South Africa

Tyrone Pillay 🇿🇦

Paralympic Shotput - Team South Africa
Tyrone is a shotputter representing South Africa. He has accrued a silver, bronze and two gold medals at South African National Championships, gold at the IPC Grand Prix in Brazil and silver at the one in Germany, gold at the All-African Games and also bronze at the Rio Paralympics. He still holds the South African and African records, and was named the South African Sportsman of the Year and the Sports Personality of the Year in 2014. Aside from his incredible athletic prowess, Tyrone is also a passionate philanthropist. He is an ambassador for Jumping Kids, which provides prosthetic limbs to kids in need, and CANSA, which raises money in the fight against cancer.
MMA

Josh Baker 🇺🇸

MMA
Josh “The Hebrew Hammer” Baker is a professional MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter. He started out as a collegiate wrestler which paved the way for a career in fighting. He is also a 2018 JSWL Hall of Fame inductee for being part of the #5 high school team in the country back in 2006. He is also the head coach for the Old Bridge Mat Rats who are 3-time defending Mid-Jersey League Champions and he is the assistant coach for Old Bridge High School as well. Josh is also part of the AGA (American Grappling Alliance), which is a non-profit that helps get youth, that can’t afford to wrestle, involved. The goal is to get children active and interested in wrestling.
fatima

Fatima Largaespada 🇲🇽🇳🇮

Fencing
Fatima is a Mexican Nicaraguan fencer who attended Top 10 Fencing school Temple University where she made the NCAA Championships 3 years in a row. Upon graduating, she was hired as the Head Coach for the first ever season of the DI team at Wagner College. Fatima was a member of the Mexican National Fencing Team from 2009 to 2012, but due to personal reasons, she decided to switch and start competing for Nicaragua. Last year she became the Central American Champion foil and sabre. She is currently training for the Olympic Qualifyers for Tokyo 2020. Fatima also started #LessExcusesMoreWork which is an initiative to give back to the fencing community in Nicaragua!
ASC San Diego

Alexis Velela 🇺🇸

Soccer - ASC San Diego
Alexis is a 21-year-old professional soccer player from San Diego, California who plays for NPSL side ASC San Diego. Alexis previously represented the New York Cosmos and also made some appearances for the U20 US Men’s National Team. Aside from marshalling the back line for ASC San Diego, he also enjoys making a difference in the community. Him and his teammates joined law enforcement officials, local media personalities and many more at the 19th Annual Celebrity Waiter Luncheon this year to serve underserved youth food as “celebrity waiters.” He hopes to continue using his platform to make a positive impact on the people and the community around him.
Adam Buksa

Adam Buksa 🇵🇱

Soccer - Pogoń Szczecin
Adam is a Polish soccer player for Polish 1st Division side Pogoń Szczecin. He grew up in Krakow where he played for 3 different teams before signing for Wisla Krakow at 16. After one successful season, he signed for Italian side, Novara Calcio. After impressing with Novara and the Polish Youth National Team, he moved back to Poland where he has gone on to represent three 1st division teams. He has attracted interest from across Europe and even earned his first cap for the senior men's Polish National Team earlier this year. Adam is passionate about religious freedom and wants to use his platform to remind the world that religion is about peace and not violence.
Paralympian/Philanthropist

Nicole Nieves 🇺🇸

Sitting Volleyball - Team USA
Nicole is a current member of the USA Women’s National Sitting Volleyball Team, with whom she brought home gold from the 2016 Rio Paralympics. She is not only an incredible athlete, but also a passionate coach, dedicating a lot of her time to High School Boys and Girls volleyball, Middle School volleyball, and club volleyball. She is also a non-profit owner and the Director at Limitless People Inc. which provides unbiased volleyball opportunities to everyone. She is doing amazing things in the community and hopes to continue to positively impact the lives of others through sporting opportunities. She believes that sport is an avenue to a better life and wants to provide children of all ages with the opportunity to experience exactly that.
GIF Sundsvall

Carlos Moros Gracia 🇪🇸

Soccer - GIF Sundsvall
Carlos is a professional soccer player from Sagunto, Spain. Growing up he was on the books at Valencia CF and then at the age of 19 switched over to Atletico Saguntino where he made his senior debut the same year. After his time in Spain, he attended Temple University in Philadelphia for 2 years. After his first year he was made captain of the soccer team and led the team to two winning seasons. After college, he signed a professional contract with Swedish first division side GIF Sundsvall where he currently starts at center back. He is passionate about giving children access to sporting opportunities as it has allowed him to develop as a person and do what he loves for a living.
ATP

Sekou Bangoura 🇺🇸

Tennis
Sekou is a professional tennis player from America. He played for the Florida Gators at the collegiate level before moving on to the professional ranks. Sekou is on the road competing around the world about 30-35 weeks out of the year. His career best ATP singles ranking was 213th and his highest ITF ranking was 28th. He also competes in doubles with his career best ATP ranking being 147th. He has also managed to win and impressive 7 Futures titles. Sekou uses his tennis expertise to give back too. He coaches young kids at a tennis academy in Tampa, Florida. Aside from tennis, Sekou is a huge Dragonball Z, Marvel and DC fan, and loves karting in the minimal downtime he has.
Team Jentsch

Daniela Jentsch 🇩🇪

Curling - Team Germany
Daniela is a German professional curler for Team Jentsch. Last year, she captained her team to one of their most successful years ever. They managed to take home gold at the German Championships, gold at the Qinghai Elite tournament, bronze at the European Championships, and they managed two more semi-final finishes as well! Daniela is a product of the military and is actually still an active member of the German Armed Forces. Besides being an elite athlete, Daniela is a mother of two and a passionate philanthropist. She is an active supporter of Red Nose Day and Right To Play which both aim to aid children worldwide.
VPS

Hampus Holmgren 🇫🇮

Soccer - VPS
Hampus is a professional soccer player from Finland who just signed for Finnish first division side, VPS. Hampus has represented the Finnish national team from the U16 up until the U21 age group. He started out playing for VIFK in Finland as a youngster before moving to Atvidaberg in the Swedish first division in 2013. After spending around 5 years there, he signed for Norwegian side Levanger FK for a year before returning to Finland this year. Hampus is passionate about healthy living. He stresses the importance of remaining active and starting out with good eating habits from a very young age.
University of North Texas

Jaron Thomas 🇺🇸

Track & Field - University of North Texas
Jaron is a track athlete from UNT. As an undergraduate student, he attended the University of Colorado where he competed as a dual hurdler and mile relay member. He qualified for numerous conference and national finals and became the 3rd fastest hurdler in CU track history in 3 events, and the 4th fastest in another. He wants to provide equal opportunities to all, so he has been involved with Queer and Trans People of Color, the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Black Student Leaders, the Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Committee, and was the President of Athlete Allies and SAAC.
Energetyk Poznan

Izabella Rapacz 🇵🇱🇺🇸

Volleyball - Energetyk Poznan
Izzy is a professional volleyball player for Polish side Energetyk Poznan. Prior to signing pro, Izzy attended Temple University. While there, she was named to the All-Conference team three times and she was the program’s first ever unanimous First-Team All-Conference selection, she was a two-time Offensive and Defensive Conference Player of the Week, she was named the Under Armour athlete of the month twice, and was named the Team MVP. All these accomplishments led to two call-ups to the USA Women’s National Team try-outs. During her first season in Poland, she has managed an impressive career high of 28 points in a game, five games with 20+ points and she has been named the game MVP twice. Outside volleyball, Izzy is always looking to get involved with initiatives to help feed the hungry.
S.D. Tenisca

Jorge Gomez Sanchez 🇪🇸

Soccer - S.D. Tenisca
Jorge is a Spanish soccer player at S.D. Tenisca. His career started out at Osasuna where he came up through the ranks and achieved his dream of playing in La Liga. He debuted against Elche back in 2013. Soon after, he moved to La Roda in the Spanish 2b Division and then to third division teams Puerta Bonita and Leganes 2. In 2015, he was offered a full scholarship from Temple University where he scored 27 goals in 2 seasons and got drafted by the Vancouver Whitecaps. Unfortunately, they didn’t reach an agreement and he returned to Spain to play. Jorge is passionate about aiding underdeveloped countries and even dreams of working for an NGO one day to help those in need.
Brandon DiDomenicis

Brandon DiDomenicis 🇮🇹🇺🇸

E-Sports
Brandon is an Italian American eSport athlete studying at Temple University. He specializes in League of Legends, and has been part of many eSport teams, including Resist Gaming and Epiphany Gaming. He has also played professional SMITE, placing 2nd in the North American region in 2014, and collegiate League of Legends for Temple at the Junior Varsity 2 level, placing 2nd nationally in 2018. He is also a certified Twitch streamer under the name Nintendude65. Brandon is extremely passionate about eSports and hopes to play a role in growing the industry and making it more accessible to people of all ages. He also hopes to be part of the movement which is trying to erase the stigma surrounding eSport.
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Danielle Inglis 🇨🇦

Curling - Team Canada
Danielle is a Canadian curler from Toronto. This past year, she won the World Mixed Curling Championship title (1st ever for Canada). She is also a two-time national university champion and a silver medallist at the 2009 World Universiade. Danielle was also named as the alternate/coach for Team Ontario competing at the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. When she’s not on the ice, Danielle can be found working for Curling Canada as the Coordinator of Social Media & Web Content, coaching curlers of all ages and skill levels, or volunteering as the President of the Toronto Curling Association raising money via the Kurl for Kids charity event to support kids in crisis.
Brendon Creed

Brendon Creed 🇹🇹

Soccer - Police FC
Brendon is a professional soccer player from Trinidad & Tobago. He spent his whole life playing soccer and has appeared for the national team on multiple occassions. He moved to America to study and keep pursuing his dream of playing professionally. He attended Temple University for 4 years, solidifying his place at center back on the soccer team and graduating with an honors degree in Civil Engineering. After his studies, he moved back home to Trinidad where he signed with first division side Police FC. He is extremely passionate about providing children with educational opportunities as his studies were what allowed him to pursue his deam.
Tamworth United FC

Ramzi Shaheen 🇵🇸🇺🇸

Soccer - Tamworth FC
Ramzi is a Palestinian/American soccer player for Tamworth FC in England. He has been playing soccer since the age of 4, and his ultimate goal is to play professional soccer in one of the top leagues in Europe. He lived his whole life in Abu Dhabi and moved to the UK to pursue his dream of playing professionally and continue his academic progress. He is currently studying Finance at the University of Birmingham and playing for Tamworth FC. He aims to reach his goal of becoming a professional soccer player in order to then use his platform to help people in many ways. One cause he is extremely passionate about is providing clean water to people all over the world.
Archery

Haylee Nesbitt 🇺🇸

Archery
Haylee is a semi-professional archer from Georgetown. She has already taken the sport by storm racking up an impressive resume full of accolades. She boasts 2 world titles, 2 national championship wins, over 13 national podium finishes and 14 state records. She is hoping to go fully professional and continue progressing as an archer. Haylee is hoping to grow the sport of archery and make it more accessible to everyone. Aside from archery, Haylee is also heavily involved with the Wounded Warrior Project which is an initiative that aims to provide aid to the families of veterans who have been wounded in battle while serving their country.
Hermann Dörner

Hermann Dörner 🇩🇪

Soccer - SV Zeilsheim
Hermann Dörner is a German soccer player for SV Zeilsheim. He played for a number of clubs growing up in Germany before transferring to Eintracht Frankfurt at 14. He played for Eintracht from the U15 to the U19 age group. During that time he was captain of his state team and represented the German National Team on 4 occassions. During his last year with Eintracht he completed pre-season with the first team, but decided to go to the US to take on a new challenge. He went to Temple University where he played for 2 years and received a degree in Business. He hopes to open athletes' eyes to the importance of education as it provides more avenues to succeed in life.