The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly – an annual meeting of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family – is set to take place this week in Colorado Springs, Colo. The two-day event will run from Oct. 10-11 at the Antlers Hilton Hotel and will be highlighted by an award dinner featuring former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as the keynote speaker and Rowdy Gaines, NBC sportscaster and three-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer, as host.
This year’s assembly – themed “Power Of Sport” – is expected to welcome more than 400 participants representing Olympic, Paralympic and Pan American National Governing Bodies; U.S. Olympians and Paralympians; Multi-Sport Organizations; the Athletes Advisory Council; the Paralympic Advisory Committee; USOC board members and staff; and government representatives involved in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements.
“We’re thrilled to bring this important event back to Colorado Springs,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “Power of Sport really reflects the purpose of this conference. By gathering together the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family we hope to use collaboration and partnership to further advance the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the United States.”
In addition to a USOC board of directors meeting, programming includes USOC constituent council sessions and a general address from Blackmun and USOC Chairman Larry Probst. It will conclude with the awards dinner on Friday night, during which four annual USOC awards – the Jack Kelly Fair Play Award presented by BP, the Olympic Torch Award and the Rings of Gold awards for both an individual and a program – will be presented. The four award recipients will be announced later this week.
The assembly was initiated in 2005 to give a voice to the various member organizations of the USOC; to keep dialogue open between members, staff and volunteer leadership; and to help further the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the United States.
For further information on the 2013 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly, including a complete schedule of events, visit TeamUSA.org.