ERIC Number: ED121756
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Feb-9
Reference Count: N/A
President's Commission on Olympic Sports. First Report to the President.
Zornow, Gerald B.
Initial findings, conclusions, and recommendations, based on studies during the commission's first five months of existence concerning the current structure of amateur sports in the United States, are presented in this document. It is shown that there is no truly effective system for amateur athletics in this country, that the system is influenced by the International Olympic Committee and the international sports federations, and that the role of American governing bodies differs from sport to sport. Significant differences in systems in other countries are described in the areas of organization and management, mass participation, development programs, financing, facilities, and competition. The need for reorganization of amateur sports in the United States is emphasized, and ways are suggested for accomplishing the reforms. A potential solution is presented in the concept of a highest sports authority, which is conceived as a permanent organization of national scope with responsibility for handling those essential functions not currently being carried out by existing organizations and for mobilizing existing financial, technical, and organizational resources in support of a comprehensive national amateur sports effort. The goals and means of implementation of a highest sports authority are discussed. (LBH)
Descriptors: American Culture, Athletics, Committees, Financial Support, Government Role, National Organizations, National Programs, Physical Education Facilities, Physical Fitness
President's Commission on Olympic Sports, 2025 M Street, N.W., Suite 3002, Washington, D.C. 20506
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: President's Commission on Olympic Sports, Washington, DC.