Meet Our Founder



> 2002, 1998, 1994 Olympic Team Member

> 2002 US National Champion

> 2001, 1997, 1995 World Championship Team

> 2001, 1998 Ultimate Airwave Champion

> 1998 Gold Cup/Olympic Trials Champion, Lake Placid, NY

> 10-year Member of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team

Tracy Evans, Founder of KPI

Tracy, a three-time Olympian and National Champion in Freestyle Skiing (aerials), grew up in Hornell, New York in an avid sports family of top-tier athletes.  From a very early age, Tracy was snow skiing and competing in both gymnastics and Equestrian riding.

Tracy Evans at School Visit in RwandaIn 2008,  Tracy was encouraged by her mother to take a volunteer trip to Africa. After spending two weeks in an orphanage playing sports that were familiar to the children as well as introducing them to some new sports, she realized just how much she had learned from being involved in sport. She also saw first-hand the effects of genocide on communities and specifically the impact on gender roles, relationships and inequality for boys and girls in those communities. She left wondering, if provided with the opportunity, how much these children could learn through sport; values synonymous with Olympic ideals such as fair play, mutual respect and solidarity. Evans returned from Africa and founded the nonprofit organization Kids Play International (KPI) in 2008 with the mission of using sport as a catalyst to promote gender equity in communities impacted by genocide.

Tracy is also a Casting Director who owns and operates AthleteSource CASTING. Her motivation and competitive spirit continually drive her to set herself apart in the Sport and Active Lifestyle Casting industry.  AthleteSource CASTING has developed a specialized niche and solid reputation in the Commercial, Film, Television and Print industries.

Tracy serves on the Athlete Advisory Board of the United Athletes Foundation (UAF) and All Sports United. She was honored to receive the Female Athlete Philanthropist of the Year award from UAF in 2011.


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