Amy Van Dyken-Rouen
Amy Van Dyken-Rouen: Captain of Team Reeve
In June 2014, Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, six-time Olympic gold medal swimmer, sustained a spinal cord injury after being thrown from an ATV, paralyzing her from the waist down. In the months following her accident, Amy used her injury as a platform to address the realities of living with a spinal cord injury and the complexities of navigating the health care system.
With an unstoppable spirit and a fierce determination, Amy quickly transformed into a philanthropic leader to drive advocacy and awareness on behalf of the six million individuals living with paralysis.
Most recently, Amy locked arms with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation as Captain of Team Reeve, a newly created role to amplify grassroots fundraising efforts to improve quality of life and find cures for spinal cord injury. As Captain, Amy rallies recruits with the goal of expanding the Team Reeve program and creating new opportunities to engage Reeve Foundation advocates nationwide.
Amy does not just carry the Team Reeve torch but lives and breathes her mission to change the world for people living with paralysis. Case in point: she launched Amy's Army, a fundraising program of the Amy Van Dyken Foundation to provide equipment and resources to individuals living with spinal cord injury who are unable to afford them due to the vast health and rehabilitation expenses resulting from a spinal cord injury.
With a total of six gold medals from the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games, as well as the ESPY for Female Athlete of the Year, Amy is a decorated athlete with a list of accolades and honors from her triumphs as a swimmer. She was also inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.
Amy lives with her husband, former NFL punter Tom Rouen, and their dog Kuma in Arizona. Since her retirement, Amy is a sought after public speaker, sports commentator, disc jockey, and previously served as the sideline reporter for the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos football teams. She was also featured in the award-winning stage-play The Vagina Monologues.
To truly make a difference – to change the world – we need to unite and charge towards the finish line. If my story inspires even one person to join Team Reeve, we will be one person stronger to advance our collective mission of discovering cures for spinal cord injury.
- Amy Van Dyken-Rouen