About the USOPC Think Tank

The USOPC College Sports Sustainability Think Tank is a first-of-its-kind effort to convene leaders from across the collegiate and Olympic and Paralympic landscapes to ideate around keeping sports in our country strong. Chaired by University of Florida Athletic Director Scott Stricklin, the USOPC Think Tank initiated three working groups comprised of Team USA athletes and coaches, Division I athletics leaders, USOPC leaders, NGB chief executives, NCAA leaders and sport industry experts. View the full USOPC Think Tank roster.

The USOPC Think Tank was convened with support of the USOPC Collegiate Advisory Council in the fall of 2020. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 100 division I college sports programs have been dropped, which has exposed the need for more creative and collaborative management of the Olympic and Paralympic sport ecosystem.

The collegiate system is an important sport pathway in our American culture. This is reflected in Team USA’s strong participation statistics: 80% of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, 40% of the U.S. Paralympic Team, one-third of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team and one-fourth of the 2018 U.S. Paralympic Team competed collegiately.


Following robust discussion in the fall of 2020, the working groups developed three concepts to encourage sustainable, broad-based varsity sport offerings on campus. The concepts – which are organized into the areas of sport sustainability, sport structure and vertical partnerships – will serve as the framework for actionable recommendations that will be constructed this spring.
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"I didn't know I could be an Olympian until I arrived into the collegiate scene and I started to wrestle at a really high level."

Jordan Burroughs, University of Nebraska