USA Gymnastics names 2014 Team Hilton HHonors
posted on 08/14/2014

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Aug. 14, 2014 – Defending U.S. all-around champion and 2012 Olympian Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, Calif./ University of Michigan, and 2013 World medalists Jake Dalton of Sparks, Nev./University of Oklahoma, Steven Legendre of Port Jefferson, N.Y./University of Oklahoma, John Orozco of the Bronx, N.Y./U.S. Olympic Training Center, and Brandon Wynn of Voorhees, N.J./U.S. Olympic Training Center, are among the 13 men who will represent Team Hilton HHonors in 2014.

Sponsored by Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 11 distinct hotel brands, Team Hilton HHonors is a program that provides direct financial support to selected male gymnasts to help offset their training expenses while they pursue their Olympic dreams. All 13 are expected to compete at the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships, Aug. 21-24 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

Also on the team are Olympic medalists Jonathan Horton of Houston, Texas/Cypress Gymnastics), and Danell Leyva of Miami, Fla./Universal Gymnastics; 2013 World team member Alex Naddour of Gilbert, Ariz./USA Youth Fitness Center; 2012 Olympic alternate Chris Brooks of Houston, Texas/U.S. Olympic Training Center; and U.S. national team members Joshua Dixon of San Jose, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center, Eddie Penev of Penfield, N.Y./Stanford Boys Gymnastics, Paul Ruggeri III of Manlius, N.Y./U.S. Olympic Training Center, and Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, Md./U.S. Olympic Training Center.

“Through its support of Team Hilton HHonors, Hilton HHonors is helping these talented young men pursue their dreams of world and Olympic glory,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “They can focus on their training because Hilton HHonors’ direct funding helps cover the costs of daily living and their training.”

As members of Team Hilton HHonors, the gymnasts wear uniforms bearing the Team Hilton HHonors designation at domestic competitions, as well as make appearances on behalf of HHonors. The creation of Team Hilton HHonors was unveiled in 2011 when Hilton HHonors joined the USA Gymnastics family of corporate partners as the official hotel partner.

Team Hilton HHonors is just one part of HHonors’ sponsorship of USA Gymnastics. USA Gymnastics athletes, professional members, families and fans have the opportunity to save up to 15 percent on their next stay at any of the 11 distinct hotel brands within the Hilton HHonors portfolio when they book through www.usagym.org/HHonors. The Hilton HHonors portfolio of brands includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations.

Background information

  • Hilton HHonors: Hilton HHonors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 11 distinct hotel brands, offers approximately 38 million members more ways to earn and redeem points than any other guest-loyalty program, enabling them to create experiences worth sharing at more than 4,200 hotels in 93 countries and territories. HHonors members can now redeem points for any room, anywhere, anytime, including the most luxurious suites, using any of four room rewards: Premium Room Rewards, Room Upgrade Rewards, Points & Money Rewards and Standard Room Rewards. In addition, HHonors members can use points to purchase unique experience rewards, merchandise and vacation packages, make charitable contributions and more. HHonors is also the only guest-loyalty program to offer ‘No Blackout Dates’ and ‘Points & Miles’ for the same stay at its properties worldwide, including participating Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. Membership in HHonors is free, and travelers may enroll online by visiting www.HiltonHHonors.com or connect with Hilton HHonors at news.hiltonhhonors.com. Members can now also book reservations, manage their accounts and redeem special offers with the new Hilton HHonors mobile app for iPhone.