USOC Expects Record-Setting Olympic Day Participation In 2016

By United States Olympic Committee | June 22, 2016, 12 p.m. (ET)
Parents and kids compete in a foot race during Olympic Day 2011.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic Committee today announced a record-setting participation for Olympic Day 2016, with 2,120 events scheduled in 1,503 communities across the country expected to engage more than 800,000 Americans in celebration of the Olympic Movement.

Olympic Day, celebrated globally on June 23, has been recognized each year since 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on June 23, 1894. An International Olympic Committee initiative, the mission of Olympic Day is to promote the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect – and the three Olympic Day pillars – move, learn and discover – around the world.

“With the Rio Games fast approaching, we are thrilled to see so many Team USA athletes, National Governing Bodies and Multi-Sport Organizations celebrating Olympic Day and promoting the values of Olympism to the next generation of Olympic and Paralympic athletes,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “The growth and popularity of Olympic Day underscore the important role that sport can play in the community, and we look forward to some great events this summer.”

In 2016, Olympic Day activities are being held on six continents with several thousand events worldwide and more than 160 participating National Olympic Committees.

LA 2024, the LA84 Foundation and the Foundation for Global Sport Development will co-host an Olympic Day event at the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where more than 500 young Angelenos will be able to rotate through eight Olympic and Paralympic sport stations, led by Olympic athletes, LA84 Foundation grantee programs, and local sport and adaptive programs.

"We're honored to be able to celebrate the Olympic Movement with the youth of Los Angeles,” said

Janet Evans, LA 2024 vice chair and director of athlete relations. “As a city with a ready-made connection to youth culture, Olympic Day is a unique opportunity to get a taste of what it means to inspire the next generation around the positive and powerful values of sport and Olympism."

The U.S. Tennis Association is hosting the most Olympic Day events of any individual organization with 354 events planned at local courts across the country, followed by USA BMX, which is hosting 248 events. Forty-three National Governing Bodies and four High Performance Management Organizations and their affiliated clubs will host a total of 1,193 events in honor of Olympic Day.

“Many think that our window to celebrate the Olympic Movement occurs only once every two years,” said five-time Olympic medalist in swimming, John Naber. “By celebrating Olympic Day, we get to share our love of the Movement every year, and we also get to grow the size of our extended Olympic family.”

Olympic Day events in the U.S. are heavily supported by members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family, and the following member organizations have registered to participate in 2016 Olympic Day activities:


  • Adaptive Sports USA (Formerly Wheelchair and Ambulatory Sports USA)
  • Catholic Youth Organization
  • Amateur Athletic Union
  • Community Olympic Development Program
  • American Legion Youth Activities
  • Community Partners
  • BlazeSports America
  • Disabled Sports USA
  • Boy Scouts of America 
  • Maccabi USA
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • United States Air Force
  • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
  •  United States Army
  • National Association of Police Athletic League
  • United States Association of Blind Athletes
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • United States Coast Guard
  • National Congress of State Games
  • United States Marine Corps
  • National Federation of State High Schools Association
  • United States Navy
  • National Governing Bodies
  • United States Olympians and Paralympians Association
  • National Recreation and Parks Association
  • US Orienteering Federation
  • National Senior Games Association
  •  US Polo Association
  • Olympic Training Centers
  •  USA Dance
  • Paralympic Sports Clubs
  •  USA Football
  • SHAPE America (Formerly AAHPERD)
  •  USA Ultimate
  • Special Olympics, Inc.
  •  USOC Athletes' Advisory Council
  • U.S. Olympics and Paralympic Training Sites
  •  YMCA of the USA 
  • Underwater Society of America
  •  YWCA of the USA 

For more information on Olympic Day celebrations in the U.S. or to find an event, visit TeamUSA.org/OlympicDay, email OlympicDay@usoc.org, or follow and join the social conversation using the #OlympicDay hashtag. Additional Olympic Day resources can be found on the International Olympic Committee’s website, Olympic.org/OlympicDay.