Olympic families watch action from P&G House

Families eat, play, watch Games for free

 UPDATED 5:17 AM HST Aug 04, 2012
Olympic families watch action from P&G House
LONDON -

There's a home away from home in London for families of Olympians.


P&G House, sponsored by Procter & Gamble, is a place for Olympic families to eat, play and watch the Summer Games without spending a dime.

Team USA boxer Joseph Diaz Jr. got some pre-fight pampering at P&G House.

"(I'm) just getting a little trim up, because I was growing a little hair," he said.

Diaz and his family are spending time at the place just for athletes and the people they love.

"It's really great for my family to come here whenever they feel like it," he said.

"There's a salon, there's this man cave, and for little babies, there's a Pampers playground," said Caroline Baehr, a friend

One of the most popular areas is a space where friends and families can lounge on couches and pillows while watching their favorite Olympian compete.

"I'd honestly rather watch it here, because I feel like it's our family. Everyone is from the U.S. So it's awesome," said Olympic family member Lauren Lecompte.

Swimmer Breeja Larson's grandmother scored swimming tickets in a drawing at P&G House.

"The exciting thing is I could hear it in my head, and then when they called it, it was real," she said.

Following an Olympian around the world isn't cheap.

"It took a lot of fundraising, a lot of people donating, and thank God we were able to get enough money to get here," said Joseph Diaz Sr.

The families said they welcome all the help they can get.

The U.S. delegation gives Olympic families only a couple of tickets to watch their athletes compete, so they're on their own if they want more seats.
 

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