U.S. Olympic Academy
The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee serves as the Olympic Academy in the United States, providing a national forum for the advancement of the social and educational principles of Olympism. These two principles are embodied through U.S. Olympic Academy activities that aim to inspire and cultivate Olympism throughout the United States.
The social principles are tied to USOPC programming that empowers and supports U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes as the greatest representatives and most inspiring ambassadors of the Olympic and Paralympic movements. USOA programs work with U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes to further instill these values and empower athletes to make positive contributions to their communities, thereby cultivating and growing Olympism in the United States.
The educational principles of Olympism are embodied in the USOA through the preservation and sharing of Olympic and Paralympic materials and memorabilia. Central to this is the Crawford Family U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Archives, which nurture and promote the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements through the preservation and presentation of Olympic torches, medals, historic photos, artifacts, important documents and more. The archives develop opportunities for museum exhibits and national displays to showcase and promote the Olympic and Paralympic Games and their values. The archives also collaborates with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, which will open in spring of 2020 in Colorado Springs, Colo., bringing Olympism alive to thousands of visitors every year. Additionally, the USOA is committed to participating in and contributing to the mission of the International Olympic Academy, which is to preserve and spread the Olympic spirit by studying, serving and promoting the ideals and principles of the Olympic Movement.