Nominations open for U.S. Olympic Foundation’s George M. Steinbrenner III Award
Christy Cahill
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March 21, 2012 3:29 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 George M. Steinbrenner III Sport Leadership Award, which annually honors a member of the U.S. Olympic family who has made outstanding contributions to sport. An award of the U.S. Olympic Foundation – a non-profit agency that was established in 1984 as an endowment for Olympic sports – the Steinbrenner Award is named after one of the most honored leaders of the Olympic Movement in the United States.
The award is based on the qualities of leadership, ethical conduct and dedicated responsibility reflected in sustained contributions to sport. Nominees must be members of the U.S. Olympic family.
Steinbrenner was vice president of the U.S. Olympic Committee from 1989-92 after chairing the Olympic Overview Commission, which evaluated the effectiveness of the organization in 1989. Steinbrenner, who passed away in July 2010, owned the New York Yankees for 37 years, during which time the club earned seven World Series titles.
Past recipients of the award include Walter L. Bush Jr. (ice hockey), Alan Rothenberg (soccer), Kirk Bauer (disabled sports), Carol Zaleski (swimming), Tom Gompf (diving) and Thom Weisel (cycling/skiing).
For questions or more information about the award, contact the U.S. Olympic Foundation (719-471-7922/
Click here to download the nomination form.               
The United States Olympic Foundation was established in 1984 by the U.S. Olympic Committee to administer and invest the surplus funds generated from the Games of the XXIII Olympiad in Los Angeles. Income generated from the initial permanent endowment of $111.4 million was used to grow the corpus of the fund and make grants to the USOC and its member organizations.
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