USA Weightlifting Features USAW Looks to the Fu...

USAW Looks to the Future

By Phil Andrews, CEO | Dec. 16, 2020, 12 p.m. (ET)

As USA Weightlifting closes out the 2017-2020 quadrennium, we now turn our focus to the next quad, and with it major changes to our strategic direction and guiding principles.


The USA Weightlifting Board of Directors approved a new Mission Statement for the organization. For a non-profit organization like USAW, the mission statement serves as the reason why we exist. 


We are pleased to introduce our new mission statement: 


USA Weightlifting Mission Statement

The Mission of USA Weightlifting shall be to support United States athletes in achieving excellence in Olympic and World competition and to support, promote, and educate a diverse and inclusive community of weightlifting and the use of the barbell in the United States.


Our updated mission statement came after five months of work between our board, our staff and our community. This mission statement better reflects where we are as an organization right now and where we hope it will go in the future. 


USAW’s previous mission statement focused solely on success at the Olympic Games level. By expanding it to include World competition, the mission statement better reflects USAW’s current and future efforts to support American athletes at the youth, junior and senior World level, not forgetting our commitment to the Pan American Games.


The new mission statement also expands on USAW’s desire to further develop the weightlifting and strength community by fostering an environment that is diverse, equitable and inclusive. Simply, weightlifting is for anyone; anywhere.

Finally the mission statement highlights the work being done in USA Weightlifting to ensure a rounded level of support for our athletes first and foremost but also for our coaches, technical officials, clubs and community on and off of the platform. 


Now USA Weightlifting is laying out its strategic plan for the 2021-2024 quadrennial and beyond. USAW will be guided by the following standards in fulfilling this new mission.


  • Athletes First: We make decisions, enact policy and develop programs and run our National Governing Body putting the interests of athletes first.


  • Transparency: We operate openly and share information quickly to the maximum extent possible.


  • Anyone, Anywhere: We promote the transformative nature of weightlifting, as a sport, for fitness and for sports performance training, to people of all ages and abilities.


  • Inclusive: We welcome and embrace members of all backgrounds, origins, identities and beliefs, recognizing the importance of making our diverse membership feel respected, included and a valued part of our sport and community.


  • Leadership & Innovation:  We lead by example. We demand the highest ethical standards of our community and its leaders. With a focus on innovation and willingness to try new ideas, our operation is built on sound practices and policies to foster a culture of safety, trust, teamwork and clean sport.


With an updated mission statement and these guiding principles in mind, USA Weightlifting is laying out the following strategic priorities for the 2021-2024 quadrennial. 


  • Sport Growth In The United States: Consistently grow membership and participation in local and national competition, including the collegiate and high school levels. Develop new coaches, expand the number of facilities that promote and teach weightlifting movements. Recruit talented athletes who will achieve our mission in international competition.

  • Worldwide Competitive Success: Establish the United States as one of the top weightlifting nations in the world, by supporting athletes and coaches where they are through our decentralized model.  

  • Increased National Exposure: Through increased media promotion, public relations, distribution of our events and by telling the stories of our top athletes we will create personal and emotional connections to them and our sport with a wider audience.

  • Revenue Diversification & Financial Stewardship: Following the 2020 Olympic Games, our operation must strive to attain an annual surplus, honoring our commitments to athletes while ensuring the growth and financial safety of the organization. Diversified revenue streams that limit dependence on one or two sources of income are essential.

But it will take the entire weightlifting community to help our sport continue to grow and thrive. For a closer look at how we intend on carrying out this plan and how we will measure success, read our 2021-2024 Strategic Plan below, or click here to download (6.6MB .pdf).


Phil Andrews, CEO

Phil Andrews was appointed Chief Executive Officer of USA Weightlifting in April 2016, having held the post on an Interim basis since December 2015, and he is responsible for overseeing the strategy and operations of the organization.