Nominations for Olympic Torch and Rings of Gold Awards Now Open

July 11, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)
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.

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.

(Past winners of the award can be viewed HERE.)

  • Honors an individual
  • Recognizes meaningful impact on U.S. Olympic Movement
  • Does not need to be awarded in same year of contributions

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.

(Past winners of the award can be viewed HERE.)

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

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


Nominations must be submitted via the forms below. 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.

Olympic Torch Award Nomination Form (.doc)
Rings of Gold Award Individual Nomination Form (.doc)
Rings of Gold Award Program Nomination Form (.doc)
  • The deadline for submission is Thursday, July 31, 2014. Questions and completed nomination forms should be sent to
  • Each nominator may submit one nomination per award category.