Former U.S. Olympic Athlete Sable Otey Joins the T.E.A.M.

The former U.S.A. Olympic bobsled athlete Sable Otey is the inspiration for superhero Solar Sally in TVA's new coloring book for kids.

TVA is proud to announce the former U.S.A. Olympic bobsled athlete Sable Otey as the superhero Solar Sally in its TVA Energy Allies Members (T.E.A.M.) Power with Purpose coloring book. 

Otey is a lifelong Memphian who grew up in Binghampton and attended East High School. Currently, she is an entrepreneur working in financial services with the PHP Agency.

In 2018, Otey served on the development team for the Winter Olympics in South Korea.  Before her bobsled career, was a conference champion in George Mason's heptathlon, where she received her B.S. in Exercise Science. She also earned a Master's Degree in Education and taught Physical Education in Memphis-area schools.

"When TVA presented this opportunity to me, I was thrilled. My husband and I have two adorable young sons.  For them to see their mom as a superhero was something I couldn't turn down. I'm also a firm believer in encouraging people of color and women to become involved in S.T.E.M. at an early age.  This project is an ideal vehicle for all children to learn more about energy and become more engaged in the contemporary conversations around energy production," said Otey.

The Power with Purpose coloring book is a resource for elementary school-aged children. It highlights TVA's different generation sources and includes stickers, trading cards, a word puzzle, and age-appropriate terminology that promotes STEM-focused learning.  Launched in October of 2020, it has been distributed to over 35,000 children across the Mid-South.

Starting this spring, Otey will visit classrooms virtually throughout the Memphis area as Solar Sally to raise awareness about TVA's energy sources. In the months ahead, Solar Sally will be highly active throughout the Valley, delivering coloring books and speaking and reading the T.E.A.M. coloring book to children both virtually and in person, following the Health Department's guidelines.

To book Solar Sally for your classroom or after-school group, contact Latrivia Welch at [email protected].