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The Ivy League Celebrates Olympic Day

Team USA Olympic Day Central

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Today the Ivy League joins the United States Olympic Committee in honoring Olympic Day. More than 1,000 events will be hosted in 813 communities across the country with an estimated 500,000 Americans celebrating the Olympic Movement.

The Ivy League’s presence with the Olympics, and specifically the US Olympic Committee, goes back to the founding of the USOC.

The first president of the USOC was also the man who founded the organization: Ivy League alumnus William Milligan Sloane. Sloane, who graduated from Columbia and taught history at both Princeton and his alma mater, founded the USOC in 1894, the same year he began his 30-year tenure as a member of the International Olympic Committee. In fact, he escorted the first American Olympic team to the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens.

Olympic Day is a celebration for youth around the world to observe the Olympic values of Fair Play, Perseverance, Respect and Sportsmanship. It is also a day to celebrate the International Olympic Committee’s three pillars: Move, Learn and Discover. For more information on Olympic Day call 719-866-4535 or email olympicday@usoc.org.