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Nominations are now being accepted for three prestigious United States Olympic Committee awards: the Olympic Torch Award and the Rings of Gold Award for both an 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

Call for Nominations for Athlete Director on USOC Board

The Athletes’ Advisory Council is seeking nominations for the role of Athlete Director for the US Olympic Committee Board of Directors. Please see “US Olympic Committee Board Qualifications” below for details regarding the USOC’s process in selecting new directors. Please pay special attention to the qualifications and experience that nominees should possess for the role of athlete director.

Self-nominations may be made by sending a CV and a letter of intent to Andrew Johnson at awjohnson@usathlete.org. All questions may also be addressed to Andrew via email or 801-448-3757. 

The deadline for nominations is 7:00 PM EST on Friday, July 25, 2014.

All nominees must meet the 10-year rule (as defined by the USOC Bylaws Section 5.6.3) at the start of the new director’s term on January 1, 2015. Nominees are asked to include the date of their last Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American, or Parapan American or other Operation Gold event in their letter of intent.

Qualified nominees will be invited to interview via teleconference, with the AAC Nomination and Interview Committee in early August. Furthermore, the top candidates will be invited to attend the US Olympic and Paralympic Assembly in Chicago, September 26-27, 2014, to present to the entire Athletes’ Advisory Council. The AAC will then vote for two candidates to forward to the USOC Nomination and Governance Committee for further interviews. 

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Legislation to Exempt Olympic Medals and Awards from California Taxes Passes Assembly Appropriations Committee

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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USOC AAC 2013-2016 Strategic Plan Summary 

Guiding Principles:

*Grow AAC identity and recognition 
*Operate in a spirit of active, engaged partnership and mutual respect 
*Be transparent and inclusive of our membership 

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