United States Olympic Endowment Honors Two Individuals

By U.S. Olympic Committee | Dec. 20, 2013, 11 a.m. (ET)
Laureus Academy Chairman Edwin Moses speaks during the awards show for the 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Theatro Municipal Do Rio de Janeiro on March 11, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. 

NEW YORK – The United States Olympic Endowment today presented two awards at its annual luncheon in New York City. George Killian and Edwin Moses were honored in recognition of their commitment and contributions to the Olympic and Paralympic movements.

Killian, former member of the USOC board of directors and International Basketball Federation (FIBA) president, received the George M. Steinbrenner III Sport Leadership Award. The award is presented annually to honor outstanding members of the Olympic and Paralympic family who have contributed to sport through management, sport organization endeavors or the enhancement of competitive opportunities, and who have displayed qualities of leadership, ethical conduct and dedicated responsibility during a longstanding commitment to sport.

Moses, a two-time 400-meter hurdles Olympic gold medalist and current board member for the United States Anti-Doping Agency, received the William E. Simon Award, given to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of the Olympic and Paralympic movements. Simon – the award’s namesake – was president of the USOC from 1981-85 and served as secretary of the treasury for three years under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

The USOE was established after the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles to benefit Olympic and Paralympic sport in the United States. A nonprofit organization, its objective is to support the United States Olympic Committee and its member organizations. A separate entity from the USOC, the USOE oversees the corpus of endowed funds that resulted from the surplus from the 1984 Games.

George Killian
Killian was the president of FIBA from 1990-98, a member of the USOC’s board of directors from 1967-2004 and a member of the International Olympic Committee from 1996-98. A former basketball coach and president of the Amateur Basketball Association of the United States of America (USA Basketball’s predecessor), Killian earned the IOC’s Olympic Order in 1996 and the USOC’s Olympic Torch Award in 2010. He served on USA Basketball’s board of directors for more than 26 years, was president of the International University Sports Federation for more than a decade, and was a key figure in the growth and popularity of the World University Games.

Edwin Moses
Moses is a two-time 400-meter hurdles Olympic gold medalist and four-time world record holder in the event. As a track & field great, he captured two world championship titles. A qualified physicist, Moses pioneered the development of policies against the use of performance-enhancing drugs while chairman of the USOC’s Substance Abuse, Research and Education Committee. Moses served on the IOC as a member of the Athletes’, Medical and Ethics commissions, and on the USOC’s Athletes’ Advisory and Executive committees. Current chairman of USADA, Moses also serves as chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, an association utilizing the positive influence of sport as a tool for social change.