Athlete Legal Aid Program

Team USA Athlete Ombuds

    The purpose of the Athlete Legal Aid program is to assist Team USA athletes without sufficient financial means to seek aid for fees and costs associated with claims before an anti-doping organization, National Governing Body, International Federation, the U.S. Center for SafeSport, United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, IOC/IPC, Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), or other sport-related tribunal within the Olympic and Paralympic Movement.

    Please review the program information provided below prior to submitting an application.

    The Athlete Legal Aid program application can be accessed here. An athlete must include the following as part of their application:

    1. Contact information
    2. Eligibility information (i.e., selection, within the last 12 months, to a Team USA Delegation Event, International Qualifying Competition, or National Team in a discipline on the program of an upcoming Games).
    3. Type of aid requested (i.e., costs and fees, attorney’s fees for an attorney of the athlete’s choosing, pro bono counsel, etc.).
    4. Documentation of the claim at issue
    5. Documentation to demonstrate financial need (i.e., the most recently filed federal tax return with personal information such as social security numbers removed).

    Access the Athlete Application Here

    If you have questions, you may contact the Athlete Ombuds at or 719-866-5000.



    Please note that advice from any member of the Office of the Athlete Ombuds, including but not limited to information provided on this website, does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The Athlete Ombuds will offer neutral, independent advice to any athlete, and athletes should always seek legal counsel if they want specific legal advice or individual representation. See our homepage for our full disclaimer.

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