Team Behind the Team

No Team USA athlete gets to the Olympic or Paralympic Games on their own. They rely on a network of dedicated coaches, teammates, family and friends.

Together, this network constitutes the Team Behind the Team—the behind-the-scenes support system without which the success of Team USA would not be possible. 

Team USA is dependent on philanthropy because, unlike most National Olympic Committees, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee does not receive federal funding for its Olympic programs. Instead, it relies on the generosity of the American public to help U.S. athletes remain competitive with the rest of the world. This support is more important today than ever as the governments of our top competitors increase their investments in their countries’ Olympic and Paralympic sport programs.

Each year, significant financial resources are required to prepare just one elite American athlete for the Olympic or Paralympic Games, including sport performance services, athlete financial aid, international competition expenses, career and education services and more. Additionally, each athlete shoulders out-of-pocket costs each year for equipment, travel and medical costs, often balancing school, work and family in the process. 

U.S. athletes would not be able to manage these costs without Americans like you—Americans who believe in the Olympic Movement and in the Olympic values, who understand the power of sport to change lives, break down barriers and bring nations together in peace.

Join the Team Behind the Team today with a gift to Team USA.