Mya Thompson

Hometown: Ithaca, NY

high school: Ithaca High School

college: Harvard University

MAJOR: History of Science

GRAD. PROGRAM: New York University School of Business (MBA Candidate)

Mya Thompson was raised in Ithaca, NY where she graduated from Ithaca High School in 2007. Sports has always had a major influence on her life as Mya grew up running track & field and playing basketball. Diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 10, Mya used sports and her education to overcome many of the obstacles she faced. In 2009 she became pen pals with former Olympian Marion Jones, and through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, attended the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games to watch her pen pal compete in Track & Field. The Olympic Games, and specifically the Olympic Spirit made a major impact on Mya's future aspirations. She found the power of the Olympic Games, in its ability to inspire and heal, a tremendous force in the world. After the Games, Mya went on a speaking tour, raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation throughout the country as an Ambassador. In 2002, Mya was honored with the opportunity of carrying the Olympic Spirit as she was a torch bearer for the Winter Olympic Games. Following these experiences Mya continued to focus on her studies and athletics, becoming the captain of her basketball team her senior year of high school, and graduating to pursue her undergraduate studies at Harvard University.

In 2011, Mya received a Bachelors of Arts in History of Science, with a secondary degree in Sociology. She wrote an honors thesis studying the history of Olympic athletes with ADHD. After graduating, Mya became the Director of Operations at the Michael Phelps Foundation. Having the opportunity to operate a non-profit for one of the greatest Olympians of all time has truly made her story come full circle. Mya hopes to direct the Michael Phelps Foundation for years to come and subsequently attend Business School. She would like to continue her career path working in the Sports Industry, specifically with the Olympic Games. In this regard, she hopes to continue to help others with the power of the Olympic Spirit both throughout the country and around the world.

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