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Harvard Honored With U.S. Olympic Achievement Award

Photo of the Nichols Family Director of Athletics Bob Scalise courtesy of Athletic Communications.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Harvard was honored by the U.S. Olympic Committee with the U.S. Olympic Achievement Award Friday afternoon at the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup Awards Luncheon during the 46th Annual National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention.

The award, which was created jointly by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), the US National Governing Bodies for Sport (NGBs) and the NACDA, recognizes the colleges and universities whose student-athletes and coaches have won Olympic medals.

“I am honored to accept this award for Harvard University,” the Nichols Family Director of Athletics Bob Scalise said. “Harvard has a long history and tradition of success at the Olympic Games dating back to the first modern games. We are proud of the efforts all current and former Harvard student-athletes and coaches have put form at the highest level representing not only our country, but Harvard as well.”

Scott Blackmun, chief executive of the USOC, presented the award to 41 institutions at a Director's Award Luncheon, celebrating the 28 athletes and 38 coaches from the institutions, who have contributed to the USA's medal success at the last two Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 and Vancouver last year.

Emily Cross ’08-’09 won the silver medal in the individual and team foil at the 2008 Beijing Games.

The US Olympic Achievement Award will be presented every two years following the Olympic Games, with two versions of the award being given: an actual medal that will be presented to each institution's athletics director and a presentation piece that may be showcased in the athletics department.