Team USA Collegiate Impact Awards
This December, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee will be inducting its inaugural class of Team USA Collegiate Impact Award winners for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 and the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. As part of the induction, the USOPC is joining forces with the National Football Foundation to celebrate the value of Olympic and Paralympic sports on campus and bringing the awards celebration to the NFF’s 64th Annual Awards Celebration in Las Vegas.
The Team USA Collegiate Impact Awards will honor leaders from the top-three schools (gold, silver and bronze) that contributed to Team USA’s 2020 Olympic and 2022 Olympic Winter Games performance, and the school that contributed the most medals to the 2020 Paralympic and 2022 Paralympic Winter Games medal total.
In Tokyo, 475 U.S. Olympians and 122 U.S. Paralympians competed collegiately during their journey to Team USA. Together they hailed from 223 schools across the country. The inductees into the Team USA Collegiate Impact Award Class of 2020 together helped lead to the success of 70 U.S. athletes at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and 20 U.S. athletes at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. These four schools had 52 athletes bring home medals for their school communities and country. The Class of 2020 is comprised of:
- Olympic Gold Award: Stanford University; 35 U.S. Olympians and 19 U.S. medalists.
- Olympic Silver Award: University of California, Los Angeles; 21 U.S. Olympians and 14 U.S. medalists.
- Olympic Bronze Award: University of Florida; 14 U.S. Olympians and 10 U.S. medalists.
- Paralympic Gold Award: University of Illinois; 20 U.S. Paralympians and nine U.S. medalists.
Last winter in Beijing, Team USA was comprised of 85 Olympians and 17 Paralympians who had honed their skills through college athletics; together they represented 54 schools. The four Team USA Collegiate Impact Award Class of 2022 honorees helped foster the success of 22 U.S. athletes at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and four U.S. athletes at the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. Together, these schools were represented well by 20 U.S. athletes who brought home medals for their schools and country. The Class of 2022 is comprised of:
- Olympic Gold Award: University of Minnesota; 12 U.S. Olympians and 8 U.S. medalists.
- Olympic Silver Award: University of Wisconsin; five U.S. Olympians and five U.S. medalists.
- Olympic Bronze Award: Boston College; five U.S. Olympians and three U.S. medalists.
- Paralympic Gold Award: University of New Hampshire; four U.S. Paralympians and four U.S. medalists.
NOTE: Student-athlete is defined as any individual who is/was a member of a collegiate roster (varsity/club/other) and/or competed in outside competition for a university or college. Student-athletes impacted by transfer circumstances are included in the totals for each institution attended.
The USOPC collegiate partnerships department launched in 2016 to help bridge the important connection between the collegiate and Olympic/Paralympic landscapes. With the majority of Team USA athletes competing collegiately during their athletics journeys, the department focuses on three primary areas: aligning leaders to advance athletic programming on campus, removing impediments faced by college athletes competing both intercollegiately and in the Team USA system, and messaging the value of Olympic/Paralympic sport opportunities on campus. More information can be found at TeamUSA.org/studentathlete.