COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic Endowment is accepting nominations for the George M. Steinbrenner III Sport Leadership Award, which annually honors a member of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family who has made outstanding contributions to sport through management, sport organization endeavors or the enhancement of competitive opportunities. The USOE is a nonprofit agency that was established in 1984 to help support Olympic sports. The Steinbrenner Award is named after one of the most honored leaders of the U.S. Olympic Movement.

The award is based on the qualities of leadership, ethical conduct and dedicated responsibility reflected in sustained contributions to sport. Nominees must be members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family.

Steinbrenner served as vice president of the U.S. Olympic Committee (now U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee) from 1989-92 after chairing the Olympic Overview Commission, which evaluated the effectiveness of the organization in 1989. Steinbrenner, who passed away in July 2010, owned the New York Yankees for 37 years, during which time the club earned seven World Series titles.

Since the inception of specific criteria, past recipients of the award include the 1998 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team, the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team, Kirk Bauer (disabled sports), Walter L. Bush Jr. (ice hockey), Ann Cody (disabled sports), Tom Gompf (diving), George Killian (basketball), Alan Rothenberg (soccer), Pat Summitt (basketball), Thomas Weisel (cycling/skiing), Carol Zaleski (swimming), James Morris (USOPC), Peggy Fleming Jenkins (figure skating) and Anita DeFrantz (USOPC and IOC).

For more information about the award and the U.S. Olympic Endowment, visit or contact  

here to download the nomination form. Nominations are due April 30, 2020.

About the U.S. Olympic Endowment

The USOE was established by the USOPC in 1984 to administer and invest the corpus of endowed funds that resulted from the surplus of the Olympic Games Los Angeles 1984. A nonprofit organization, its objective is to support the USOPC and its member organizations, with the overall aim of enhancing Olympic and Paralympic sports in the United States. A separate entity from the USOPC, the USOE’s net assets have grown to approximately $210 million, while awarding grants to the USOPC and its member organizations totaling $340 million over the last 34 years.