Empower Team USA athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence and well-being.

U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee Mission Statement

Core Principles

  • 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. 

Core Values

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 they way we do everything.  

  • Pursue Excellence
  • Lead Courageously
  • Serve Others
  • Foster Belonging

Strategic Priorities

  • Athletes First: Transform the Team USA athlete experience so athletes can achieve their greatest potential, on and off the field of play. 
  • Partner Success: Demonstrate continuous improvement and effectiveness of member sport organizations and affiliated partners to better prepare athletes for competition and secure a sustained talent pipeline.
  • USOPC Commitment to Excellence: Create a servant-leader culture with transparency, accountability and ongoing athlete voices to earn the trust and confidence of everyone.
  • Global Leadership on the Road to LA28: Engage the Olympic and Paralympic community to deliver greater opportunities for athletes and a lasting sport legacy that inspires the next generation.

Success Outcomes

  • Team USA Athletes are proud of their achievements, content with their Olympic and Paralympic experiences, and inspire us with their historic performances. 
  • Partners are thriving organizations.
  • The USOPC is recognized as the leader in sport administration and celebrated for its transparency, efficiency and inclusiveness. 
  • Paralympic awareness and representation are significantly increased. 
  • The American Movement is well-positioned for a transformative Games in 2028.
  • The Team Behind the Team feels supported, fully engaged and has a strong sense of purpose and 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.