Empower Team USA athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence and well-being.
U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee Mission Statement
- We promote and protect athletes’ rights, safety and wellness.
- We champion the integrity of sport.
- We respect the important role of our member organizations and support their success.
- We set clear standards of organizational excellence and hold ourselves and all member organizations accountable.
- We engage as a trusted and influential leader to advance the global Olympic and Paralympic movements.
- We honor and celebrate the legacy of Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
And as we took steps to create an athletes-first culture, we defined a set of core values that would drive our mindset and behaviors. These values are not what we do – they are the way we do everything.
- Pursue Excellence
- Lead Courageously
- Serve Others
- Foster Belonging
About the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee
Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. The USOPC is focused on protecting, supporting and empowering America’s athletes, and is responsible for fielding U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, and serving as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the U.S.
A federally chartered nonprofit corporation, the USOPC does not receive federal financial support (other than for select Paralympic military veteran programs) and is one of the only NOCs in the world that also manages Paralympic activities.
Approximately 82% of the USOPC’s budget has a direct impact on its mission of supporting athletes via a variety of programs for both athletes and their National Governing Bodies. In addition to performance grants and rewards, additional support is provided in the form of training facilities, sports medicine and science, coaching education, health insurance, promotional opportunities, education and career services, outfitting and travel, and safe sport and anti-doping programming. For more details, view our investment strategy.
Additionally, the USOPC oversees the process by which U.S. cities bid to host the Olympic/Paralympic Games, the Youth Olympic Games or the Pan/Parapan American Games, while also playing a supporting role in the bid processes for hosting a myriad of other international competitions. Further, the USOPC approves the U.S. trials sites and procedures for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games team selections.
The USOPC is governed by a board of directors and a professional staff headed by a CEO. Three constituent councils serve as sources of opinion and advice to the board and USOPC staff, including the Athletes’ Advisory Council, National Governing Bodies Council and Multi-Sport Organizations Council. Learn more on our leadership page.