Team USA is the most diverse group of athletes in the world. We recognize the importance of prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion in our everyday thinking and actions, and strive to create an organization and experience that is as diverse as the country we represent.
In 2021, we created a new diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, shaped by a range of perspectives inside and outside of the Olympic and Paralympic community, to further our global purpose of building a better, more inclusive world through sport.
The strategy is upheld by USOPC leadership and the organization’s Diversity and Inclusion Council , which meets quarterly to review and propose changes to policies and procedures, as well as identify opportunities to help address diversity, equity and inclusion and access considerations.
Create a unified USOPC vision of diversity, equity, inclusion and access, and share that vision with stakeholders.
Review and assess USOPC policies, procedures and roles in the diversity, equity and inclusion space. Establish diversity, equity and inclusion goals, measurements and reporting processes to further develop our culture of accountability.
Cultivate strong relationships with USOPC stakeholders across the movement to share best practices and work together toward our diversity, equity and inclusion goals.
Incorporate athlete expression, thought and participation into diversity, equity and inclusion practices.
When compared with last year, the number of people of color in the USOPC workforce remained at 17 percent, while the number of persons with disability increased by 1.9 percentage points. The percentage of women in the organization remained about the same, at 58 percent, as did the percentage of veterans, at 2.9 percent.
To advance inclusion in sport, we collaborated with the NGBs to collect their diversity, equity and inclusion data, which measure efforts to be more inclusive and representative of the U.S. population. In 2021, executive committees across National Governing Bodies (NGBs) increased diverse representation over 2020, across every category measured, including:
To further advance progress, NGBs established 2021-2024 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plans. These plans help the USOPC and the NGBs identify opportunities within each sport to increase inclusivity and access at all levels. In addition, they provide a way to measure progress, share best practices and identify improvement opportunities across the Movement.
In 2021, USA Basketball and USA Triathlon were co-honorees of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Choice Award, presented to the National Governing Body or High-Performance Management Organization with the most impactful diversity, equity and inclusion initiative, as voted on by their peers.
USA Basketball received the award for the second year in a row with its “It Begins in the Huddle – Cultivating a Circle of Trust” initiative to advance diversity, equity and inclusion internally through a speaker series, voter engagement campaign and monthly newsletters.
USA Triathlon's “Together, We Thrive” program focused on integrating diversity, equity and inclusion and access across their community through a summit to connect minority students with career opportunities, advocating against anti-transgender legislation and awarding scholarships to cover registration fees for applicants from underrepresented communities to attend the annual Endurance Exchange Conference.