Miami-Dade County to host Americas Best Practices Symposium, PASO executive committee meeting

By USOC | Nov. 21, 2012, 2:30 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Americas Best Practices Symposium on National Olympic Committee Management and Sport Performance – a collaboration between the Pan American Sports Organization, the United States Olympic Committee and Olympic Solidarity – will be held Nov. 29-30, 2012,in Miami. In addition, a PASO executive committee meeting will take place in conjunction with the symposium from Nov. 27-28.

“The symposium is an excellent forum for the NOCs of the Americas to share the best practices regarding key aspects of their work that are essential for a successful operation of a National Olympic Committee,” said PASO President Mario Vázquez Raña.

The  symposium, which will take place at the Conrad Hilton Miami, will provide a forum for NOCs from the Americas to share best practices in key functional areas that are essential to the success of an Olympic Committee.

Meanwhile, the PASO executive committee will meet just prior to the start of the symposium. Discussion topics are planned to include evaluating the London Olympic Games’ results, implementing programs to support NOCs and their athletes through Pan American Olympic Solidarity, strengthening of the PASO commissions, preparing for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games,  and electing a host city for the 2019 Pan and Parapan American Games.

“We are honored to join PASO and Miami-Dade County in hosting the Americas Best Practices Symposium and the PASO executive committee meeting,” said USOC Chairman Larry Probst. “We hope this endeavor helps lay the foundation for continued collaboration and development of sport in the Americas.”

The symposium will be conducted primarily over a two-day period – with one day dedicated to NOC management and the following day focused on sport performance principles. NOC leaders will exchange knowledge and experience through case-study presentations, panel discussions, question and answer sessions and regional break-out discussions. 

Topics for the first day of programing of the symposium will include NOC structure and organization, marketing plans, and integrated communications strategies. Day-two themes will include athlete development pipelines, coaching development and education, and the development of sport performance structures.

Over 80 delegates from the 41 NOCs of the Americas are expected to join the PASO executive committee, USOC leaders and representatives from Olympic Solidarity in Miami.

“Miami-Dade County is truly thrilled for the opportunity to host delegates from all over the Americas,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez. “Our vibrant community represents a joining of the rich and diverse Pan American cultures, making it the perfect backdrop for this important symposium.”