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Athletes in Excellence Award Program

The Foundation for Global Sports Development (GSD) has created the Athletes in Excellence Award to recognize athletes who have been role models and leaders, not only in sports, but in promoting education and fair play off the field of play (see nominee criteria below).

A total of five (5) to ten (10) US athletes will receive an unrestricted grant of $10,000 USD. These athletes will have competed in elite sport and will meet the Athletes in Excellence Award criteria. The GSD board will consider and approve the final award recipients.

Criteria 
 •   Nominees must be athletes who have competed in elite sport, including but not limited to, the Olympics and Paralympics. Retired and actively competing elite athletes are eligible. 
 •   Nominees should be role models and exhibit the values of sportsmanship and fair play both on and off the field, while fighting the use of doping substances, injustice, and intolerance. 
 •   Nominees should actively promote a universal spirit of cooperation, friendship, and development. 
 •   Nominees should exhibit a positive effect on their communities through humanitarian efforts, community outreach, and/or mentorship activities. 

Nominations
 •   The AAC has the opportunity to select the top 2-3 nominees among those submitted to us. Among the athletes selected by the AAC, GSD guarantees that one nominated athlete will be chosen to receive the award. 
 •   Nominations must be submitted to the AAC by Friday, August 22, 2014 to be considered for nomination to GSD. After receipt of nomination, nominees may be contacted to be interviewed before a final decision is made on the nominees to be submitted to GSD. 
 •   Nominations should be emailed to awards@usathlete.org and include the following: 
 1.  Athlete’s name and sport played 
 2.  Athlete’s current competitive status 
 3.  Athlete’s email address and other contact information if available 
 4.  Description of the athlete’s humanitarian, outreach, or mentorship activities 
 5.  Brief explanation of why you feel they are an ideal candidate for the award 

 •   Self-nominations will be accepted only with a letter of recommendation from another individual. This letter can be brief but should address at least numbers 4 and 5 above.


Nominations are now being accepted for three prestigious United State Olympic Committee Awards; The Olympic Torch Award and the Rings of Gold Award for both and Individual and Program.

OLYMPIC TORCH AWARD

The Olympic Torch Award is presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding service to the U.S. Olympic Movement. Now an annual honor, the award was first established in 1965. The recipient has made a positive impact on the Olympic Movement in the United States and has made many contributions to promoting the Olympic Ideals throughout the country.
Criteria
• Honors an individual
• Recognizes meaningful impact on U.S. Olympic Movement
• Does not need to be awarded in same year of contributions

NOMINATIONS
Nominations must be submitted via the attached form. An Awards Committee will review all nominations. Recipients will be honored during the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly, held Sept. 25-26 in Chicago.
• The deadline for submission is Thursday, July 31, 2014. Questions and completed nomination forms should be sent to awards@usoc.org.
• Each nominator may submit one nomination per award category.

Nomination form

RINGS OF GOLD AWARDS

The Rings of Gold awards annually recognize both an individual and a program dedicated to helping children develop their Olympic or Paralympic dreams and reach their highest athletic and personal potential. Inaugurated in 1996, the Rings of Gold awards highlight individuals and programs making a difference in the lives of children by bringing the Olympic and Paralympic movements and ideals to the playing field. The individual honor recognizes someone who has dedicated his/her life to helping young people achieve their highest athletic potential, while also assisting them in setting goals and establishing the mechanisms needed to achieve personal success on and off the field of play. The program award honors those programs committed to nurturing and developing the Olympic and Paralympic dreams and goals of children, teaching America’s youth valuable life skills and making a positive impact in their community.
Individual Criteria
• Honors an unsung hero involved with children and sport
• Exhibits commitment to the Olympic and Paralympic movements
• Demonstrates values of Olympism
• Does not need to be awarded in same year of contributions

Individual Nomination form

RINGS OF GOLD AWARDS - PROGRAM
The Rings of Gold awards annually recognize both an individual and a program dedicated to helping children develop their Olympic or Paralympic dreams and reach their highest athletic and personal potential. Inaugurated in 1996, the Rings of Gold awards highlight individuals and programs making a difference in the lives of children by bringing the Olympic and Paralympic movements and ideals to the playing field. The individual honor recognizes someone who has dedicated his/her life to helping young people achieve their highest athletic potential, while also assisting them in setting goals and establishing the mechanisms needed to achieve personal success on and off the field of play. The program award honors those programs committed to nurturing and developing the Olympic and Paralympic dreams and goals of children, teaching America’s youth valuable life skills and making a positive impact in their community.
Program Criteria
• Recognizes a grassroots program that introduces children to Olympic/Paralympic sport
• Demonstrates commitment to the Olympic and Paralympic movements through sports programming
• Reaches a diverse population
• Incorporates the Olympic Ideals into program
• Does not need to be awarded in same year of program
Program Nomination form


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Sacramento, CA – Legislation to exempt gold, silver, and bronze Olympic medalists from paying taxes on those achievements today passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee on a bipartisan vote and is now heading to the Assembly floor. Assembly Bill 2323 by Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) would exempt California Olympians and Paralympians from state taxes on awards by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) for their success in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The exemption does not include sponsorship deals and other endorsement income.  



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