Hannah Teter's Charity Set up for Long-term Good
Teter, who has competed in two Olympics, won gold in Torino and now took home the silver in the women's halfpipe event in Vancouver.
Despite her success in the snowboarding arena, her charitable endeavors are just as Olympic, extensive and well-publicized. She currently supports a town in Kenya and gives prize money to help Haitians.
She's a vegetarian. Supports PETA. Spends much of her time living off the grid in a yurt in her parents' backyard that has solar, and soon wind, energy. She uses new age crystals, Buddha statuettes and incense. She also plays the didgeridoo.
Hannah is living the dream of every neo-hippie twenty-something, dreadlock-wearing skateboarding/snowboarding "slacker" sitting in coffeehouses across the country trying to find their way. She's going all the way with it.
Hannah is truly the voice of a new generation.
Hannah's Gold, her charity organization, is noteworthy, not only for the help it provides to the 56,000 residents of Kirindon, Kenya, but also for its structure. It's a business. Hannah sells maple syrup, produced on her parents property in Vermont, and hemp bracelets over the internet.
Setting it up this way insures that the people of Kirindon will continue to receive the help they need long after Hannah's trips to Olympic podiums have run their course.
Now that's a good, smart kid others can look up to.