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U.S. Olympic Achievement Award to be presented at NACDA Convention

April 9, 2013

usocCLEVELAND - At the 2013 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention, the United States Olympic Committee, its National Governing Bodies and NACDA, will join together to present the U.S. Olympic Achievement Award (USOAA). The award recognizes colleges and universities with student-athletes and coaches who contributed to Team USA's medal count during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"Collegiate athletics sustain development pipelines and help prepare athletes for progression to elite NGB programs," said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. "These awards acknowledge this crucial partnership, which is fundamental to shaping the future of Olympic and Paralympic Movements in the United States."

Thirty-nine institutions will be honored during the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup luncheon on Friday, June 14. All honorees either have a current student-athlete who was part of a medal-winning performance, or a coach who was an official member of the U.S. Olympic or Paralympic delegations and led his or her athlete or team to a medal.

Overall, 35 coaches representing 29 institutions helped Team USA produce medals in nine sports, and 28 U.S. athletes from 18 collegiate programs garnered 34 medals in London last summer.

"Having a student-athlete or coach compete in the Olympic and Paralympic Games is an honor for both the individual and an institution," said Kevin Anderson, president of NACDA and director of athletics at the University of Maryland. "It is important that our colleges and universities continue to be a platform for our student-athletes and coaches to strive to compete at the highest level. Recognizing these achievements at the NACDA Convention allows for not only our association, but also the USOC, to honor these institutions for supporting the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements." 

"Collegiate athletics programs are vital to athlete development for many NGBs and play a crucial role in Team USA's achievements on and off the field of play," said Rich Bender, chairman of the USOC's NGB Council and executive director of USA Wrestling. "These institutions are integral to developing a national interest for Olympic and Paralympic sport, and preserving the feeder system for many of the sports in which the U.S. has excelled internationally."

The U.S. Olympic Achievement Award is presented every two years following the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Two versions of the award are given, including a medal that will be presented to each institution's athletics director, and a presentation piece that may be showcased in the athletics department.

For a complete listing of the honorees, click here.

About NACDA:  NACDA, now in its 48th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,500 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,200 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers 13 professional associations, including seven for the separate business units that report directly to the athletics directors. For more information on NACDA, visit www.nacda.com.