Shaped by a diverse range of perspectives across the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic community, our Journey Toward Excellence will be one of continued progress, constant listening and ongoing collaboration. Rooted by our mission, global purpose and core values, this foundation will continue to guide our actions and decisions to ensure we hold ourselves, and empower others to hold us, accountable as we seek to build an organization as exceptional as the athletes we are honored to serve.

Global Purpose

Join our global peers in building a better, more inclusive world through sport


Inspire and unite us through Olympic and Paralympic sport


Empower Team USA athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence and well-being

Core Principles

Guiding our beliefs and actions in support of our mission:

  • We promote and protect athletes’ rights, safety and wellness.
  • We champion the integrity of sport.
  • We respect the important role of our member organizations and support their success.
  • We set clear standards of organizational excellence and hold ourselves and all member organizations accountable.
  • We engage as a trusted and influential leader to advance the global Olympic and Paralympic movements.
  • We honor and celebrate the legacy of Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Core Values & Guiding Behaviors

Driving our mindset and behaviors, these values are what we stand for and how we support the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic community, and each other.

Pursue Excellence

  • Inspire each other to achieve our greatest potential
  • Continuously learning and improve together
  • Push limits and challenge the status quo

Lead Courageously

  • Speak up and share your voice
  • Lead, follow and act with integrity
  • Empower others
  • Be accountable

Serve Others

  • Listen and seek to understand
  • Communicate openly, honestly and authentically
  • Be kind, respectful and humble
  • Honor your commitments

Foster Belonging

  • Embrace diverse perspectives
  • Build trusting relationships
  • Practice allyship
  • Celebrate

Strategic Plan

Created in partnership with stakeholders across the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic community in 2019, our five-year strategic plan establishes a clear direction and intended impact of our organization through 2024.

Strategic Priorities (2020-2024)

Athletes First: Transform the Team USA athlete experience so athletes can achieve their greatest potential, on and off the field of play.
Partner Success: Demonstrate continuous improvement and effectiveness of member sport organizations and affiliated partners to better prepare athletes for competition and secure a sustained talent pipeline.
USOPC Commitment to Excellence: Create a servant-leader culture with transparency, accountability and ongoing athlete voices to earn the trust and confidence of everyone.
Global Leadership on the Road to LA28: Engage the Olympic and Paralympic community to deliver greater opportunities for athletes and a lasting sport legacy that inspires the next generation.

Success Outcomes

Team USA Athletes are proud of their achievements, content with their Olympic and Paralympic experiences, and inspire us with their historic performances.
Partners are thriving organizations.
The USOPC is recognized as the leader in sport administration and celebrated for its transparency, efficiency and inclusiveness.
Paralympic awareness and representation are significantly increased.
The American Movement is well-positioned for a transformative Games in 2028.
The Team Behind the Team feels supported, fully engaged and has a strong sense of purpose and belonging.

2020 Strategic Objectives

Adapt Plans for Excellent Games Execution in 2021-22

Ensure the safety, well-being, enjoyment and success of the Team USA delegations for both Tokyo and Beijing.

Enhance NGB Support and Oversight

Launch enhanced NGB support and compliance operations and a new certification model, to improve organizational health and stability.

Strengthen Support for Team USA Athletes

Provide clarity and transparency to Team USA athletes about available USOPC resources and services. Collaborate with the AAC to establish effective mechanisms for continuous improvement in athlete support.

Earn Stakeholder Trust

Strengthen and sustain relationships with stakeholders through transparent, two-way communication and continuous feedback.

Keep Athletes Safe

Institutionalize USOPC initiatives that improve athlete safety and further the awareness and prevention of all forms of abuse.

Demonstrate Fiscal Responsibility

Identify how best to deploy existing assets, leverage partnerships and develop new potential funding sources to support strategic priorities.