Collegiate Partnerships Department

Strengthening the collegiate contribution to Team USA

  • Gold medalists Team USA stand on the podium during the medal ceremony after the Women's Basketball competition on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 1 on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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    Strengthening the Collegiate Contribution to Team USA

College sports are critical to Team USA's success at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. More than 80% of Olympians and 55% of Paralympians competed collegiately before bringing home medals for our country at the Tokyo Games. And beyond medal implications, colleges and universities provide invaluable resources for current and aspiring Olympians and Paralympians to train, compete and pursue higher education while striving for athletic excellence at a peak development time in their lives.

In collaboration with schools, conferences, the NCAA and NGBs, the USOPC develops and executes strategies to preserve broad-based sport programs on campus. The department is rooted in smoothening the college pathway for Team USA athletes and messaging the value of Olympic and Paralympic sports on campus - two priorities determined by the USOPC Collegiate Advisory Council that were established in 2017. The work also includes a first-of-its-kind partnership agreement with the NCAA to provide a mechanism for both organizations to pioneer initiatives to support Team USA's student-athletes and strengthen the collegiate athletics ecosystem for generations to come.

  • Olympians & Paralympians Made Here

    Student athletes compete for more than themselves. They represent their school, campus community and our country.

    Learn more about the USOPC's collegiate solidarity campaign to elevate national awareness and support of Olympic and Paralympic sport opportunities on campus.

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  • Strengthening the College Pathway

    Representing Team USA while naviagting a full college schedule can be difficult.

    See how the USOPC is partnering with the NCAA to smoothen the pathway for student-athletes who are simultaneously competing on campus and for Team USA.

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