Although I had competed in countless events, it was an entirely different experience to compete as a member of Team U.S.A. in the Olympic Games. When I wore my red, white, and blue uniform it reminded me what it meant to be an American citizen. Even though I always wanted to win a gold medal, I also always wanted to represent my country with honor and integrity.

Being an American citizen is a privilege that comes with great responsibility. Each one of us must take action to build a stronger nation. By educating and inspiring our future leaders, Citizenship Counts is creating a brighter tomorrow for all of us. And community service anywhere is an example that encourages better communities everywhere.

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