USOC Athletes’ Advisory Council
The Athletes’ Advisory Council is responsible for broadening communication between the United States Olympic Committee and active athletes, and serves as a source of input and advice to the USOC board of directors. The AAC consists of at least one athlete from each sport in which the United States is represented at the Olympic and Pan American Games, two athletes representing the Paralympic Sport Organizations or NGBs designated to govern a Paralympic sport, and six athletes elected by the AAC to serve at-large, including a chair and two vice chairs.
The mission of the AAC is “To communicate the interests and protect the rights of athletes, in cooperative support of the USOC achieving its mission.”
The mission of the USOC “To support the United States Olympic and Paralympic athletes in achieving sustained competitive excellence and preserve the Olympic ideals, and thereby inspire all Americans.”
Next Meeting: January 10-12, 2013 Miami, Fl
USOC AAC 2013-2016 Strategic Plan Summary
*Grow AAC identity and recognition
*Operate in a spirit of active, engaged partnership and mutual respect
* Be transparent and inclusive of our membership
Initiative #1 Meetings & Communications
Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of AAC operations to increase productivity, enhance members’ experience, and provide meaningful opportunities for active engagement.
Initiative #2 Athlete Support
Increase the quality and effectiveness of athlete support services/programs.
Initiative #3 Partnerships
Develop and implement strategy to strengthen relationships between AAC and key domestic and international stakeholders (e.g., USOC, NGBC, MSOC, PAC, USADA, IOC, IFs, etc.).
Initiative #4 Paralympic Athlete Representation
Design and deploy strategy to be more inclusive and responsive to the role and needs of Paralympic athlete representatives within the USOC, in compliance with the “20% Rule” without negatively impacting Olympic/Pan American athlete representative roles
Accomplishments of 2009-12 Quad
- Participated in the USOC bylaw reform process (the Tagliabue Panel)
- Participated in the USOC diversity task force
- Conducted several community outreach programs in conjunction with AAC meetings
- Implemented bylaw changes that increased the Paralympic representation on the AAC
- Represented the AAC at the IOC athletes forum and international women in sport conference.
- Conducted the selection and nomination process for the United States candidate for the IOC Athletes’ Commission, resulting in the successful nomination of Angela Ruggiero to the IOC Athletes’ Commission
- Chaired the Safe Sport Working Group and delivered recommendations to the Board of Directors
- Participated on the USOC Paralympic Committee (PAC)
- Met with WADA on US Athlete Issues
- Developed an AAC Website
- Served on selection committee for the new CEO
- Led a AAC Paralympic Task Force on how to further integrate the Paralympic and Olympic Movements within the AAC
- Provided Guidance on the USOC Jobs Program and Elite Athlete Health Insurance (EAHI)
- Conducted an Athlete Support Survey
- Provided input on the 2012/2013 WADA Code Changes Together with the USOC and the NGB Council
- Conducted a Joint Best Practices Task Force with the NGB Council
- Selected Two USOC Board Members
- Successfully Elected a Member of the IPC Athlete Commission
- Selected Athlete Service Coordinators (ASC’s) for Vancouver and London Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Guadalajara PanAm and ParaPan Games
- Chaired an Article IX Hearing Panel for Sailing and participated as an active AAC member on the Taekwondo Article IX Hearing Panel
- Conducted the AAC Task Force Survey and Report Out
- Drafted AAC Bylaw Changes
- Produced and AAC Orientation Manual for incoming AAC members
Suggested Best Practice Guidelines for Athlete and NGB Cooperation
Over the course of the past year, the Best Practices Taskforce (composed of AAC athlete representatives and NGB CEOs) has discussed areas of potential conflict between NGBs and athletes. Rooting our work in the concept that things work more smoothly when we take the time to talk and listen to one another, and appreciating that NGBs and athletes are both better off when we can avoid arbitration and/or litigation, we have crafted the following recommendations. These guidelines are just that: guidelines that we think will help athletes and NGBs to work together more productively and with less potential conflict. While these guidelines are optional for both NGBs and athletes, and in no way place an obligation upon either party, we are hopeful that they will be used to reduce potential conflict between NGBs and athletes.
AAC Representative Announcements:
Please be sure to view the “Report of the USOC’s Independent Advisory on Governance” as presented by Chairman Paul Tagliabue. Tagliabue USOC REPORT