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June 22, 2011

U.S. Olympic Committee Now Accepting Nominations for Olympic Torch and Rings of Gold Awards

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. Olympic Committee is now accepting nominations for the Olympic Torch Award and Rings of Gold Awards. Nominations must be received by July 19, 2011.

Established in 1965, the Olympic Torch Award is presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding service in the U.S. Olympic Movement. The annual honor awards one recipient who has made a positive impact on the Olympic Movement in the United States and has made many contributions to promoting the Olympic Ideals throughout the country.

The Rings of Gold Awards recognize both an individual and a program dedicated to helping children develop their Olympic or Paralympic dreams and reach their highest athletic and personal potential. In its sixteenth year, the Rings of Gold Awards highlight individuals and programs making a difference in the lives of children by bringing the Olympic Movement and its ideals to the playing field.

The individual honor recognizes someone who has dedicated his/her life to helping young people achieve their highest athletic potential, while also assisting them in setting goals and establishing the mechanisms needed to achieve personal success on and off the field of play.

The program award honors those programs committed to nurturing and developing the Olympic and Paralympic dreams and goals of children, teaching America's youth valuable life skills, in addition to making a positive impact in their community.

Recipients for either award need not be awarded the same year of contributions.

Nominations are limited to one per award category; please email [email protected] for the appropriate nomination forms and submission information. 

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