The American Olympic snowboarding champion recently caused a brief media stir when she (along with three other Olympian stars) posed in a bathing suit for Sports Illustrated. However, this young athlete has more than a lovely body and Olympic medals — Hannah Teter has a heart of gold.
After winning her gold medal in the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, Hannah Teter donated her winnings to charity. In 2008, she created her Hannah’s Gold charitable organization. Working with World Vision, her charity donates to the Water and Sanitation Project in Kirindon, Kenya. The Kirindon Water and Sanitation Project’s goal is to provide clean water and sanitation facilities to the people through education and supplies. With hygiene and health education, these people lessen their susceptibility to diseases and parasites. Hannah even traveled to Kirindon with her family and friends to see the project’s progress, which has the potential of helping as many as 56,000 people when completed.
Teter sells her charity products through the Green Mountain Sugar House site:
5 nip-sized bottles of maple syrup: $20.00
8.45 fl. oz. bottle of maple syrup: $15.00
Goodness white wrist band: $8.00 (Made with organic cotton and hemp)
Goodness black wrist band: $8.00 (Made with organic cotton and hemp)
Visit the site at https://www.l9.com/gmsh/htm/order.htm#hannahsgold . The 8.45 fl. oz. bottle label is awesome, making it a great gift item. Hannah’s Gold items are the last set of items in the product list. Other items for sale do not qualify for the Hannah’s Gold charity.
Besides Hannah Teter’s own offerings, other companies donate to Hannah’s Gold. Ben & Jerry’s donates a portion of the “Maple Blondie” (created in honor of Hannah) ice cream sales. Samsung pledged to match dollar for dollar (up to $30,000) of Hannah’s Gold products sold during 2010.
On her webpage at First Giving (http://www.firstgiving.com/hannahteter ), Hannah gives a summary of donations Hannah’s Gold has received to date — Hannah’s Winnings ($53,325), Burton Snowboards ($3,576), Green Mountain Sugar House ($7,318), Mapleside Sugar House ($14,220), Okemo Mountain Resort ($1,954), Sierra at Tahoe Snowsports Resort ($3,920), Gavin Baron ($234), and Peace Love & Pancakes ($12,241). Teter’s dedication to her charity inspires others, as is evidenced by this list of givers.
Teter donates all of her prize money to her Hannah’s Gold charitable organization as well as other charities. She gave her Grand Prix $10,000 winnings to earthquake victims in Haiti. Also to help the Haitians, she started Sweet Cheek Panties. (Check it out at http://sweetcheekspanties.com/ ) Sweet Cheek Panties donates $5 for every pair of panties purchased. Each month Sweet Cheek Panties releases a new design. The February 2010 “Make Love Not War” design benefits Doctors Without Borders. Besides her dedication to Kiridigon and Haiti, she is the spokesperson for Boarding for Breast Cancer, has raised money and awareness for the people of Darfur, and is a PETA supporter.
When many athletes are not role models for today’s youth, Hannah Teter is one of the most admirable young athletes in the sports world. Her dedication to helping people is an inspiration to people of all ages.