International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge reappointed the United States Sports Academy’s President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich to another term on the IOC’s Commission for Culture and Olympic Education.
Dr. Rosandich, who has served on the commission since its inception in 2000, has been involved in the Olympic movement for more than 50 years. Dr. Rosandich received the IOC’s highest award – the Olympic Order – in 1997. He received the highest honor given by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in 2000, when he was awarded the USOC’s President’s Medal.
The 35-member Commission for Culture and Olympic Education advises the IOC on the promotion of culture and Olympic education and supports the IOC programs and activities related to the education of youth through sport. Its work is based on the principles enshrined in the Olympic Charter. Its goal is to help build a peaceful and better world through sport as practiced in the Olympic spirit, which is based on mutual understanding, friendship, solidarity and fair play.
“There are 207 countries that belong to the Olympic movement,” Dr. Rosandich said. “It is by far the largest social movement in the history of mankind. The commission’s important work focuses on perpetuating the history and the symbolism of the Games along with the cultural side of the Games, which is something that we practice here at the Academy.”
To this end, the commission developed a series of educational materials titled the Olympic Values Education Program (OVEP). They are being used in schools throughout the world.