POSTED: September 17th 2014

U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly set for Chicago's Hilton Hotel

Former bid city Chicago will host the USOC next week / Big Stock
Former bid city Chicago will host the USOC next week / Big Stock

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Hilton Hotel in Chicago will host the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly 25-26 Sept., including an awards dinner with keynote speaker and six-time Olympic gold medallist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen and NBC’s TODAY show and MSNBC NewsNation co-host Tamron Hall.

More than 400 representatives from the Olympic, Paralympic, and Pan American National Governing Bodies; U.S. Olympians and Paralympians; Multi-Sport Organisations; the Athletes’ Advisory Council; the Paralympic Advisory Committee; and USOC board members and staff will attend the annual meeting of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family that features the theme of “Power of Sport.”

“On behalf of the USOC, I would like to thank the city of Chicago for its hospitality, and the entire U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family for its participation at this important gathering,” USOC Chief Executive Officer Scott Blackmun said. “We look forward to connecting with our colleagues as we celebrate Team USA, review our progress over the past year, and examine ways to enhance the growth and development of sport in the United States.”

Before Hall and Dyken-Rouen’s remarks at the awards dinner Friday night, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly will hold a USOC board of directors meeting, USOC constituent council sessions, and an address from USOC leadership.

Dyken-Rouen, who was the first woman to win four gold medals in one Olympic Games at Atlanta 1996, will deliver the keynote address at the awards dinner. Dyken-Rouen won two additional medals at Sydney 2000 before retiring from international swimming. She severed her spinal cord in an accident this year, but continues to inspire others during her rehabilitation.

Hall worked for Chicago’s local WFLD-TV for 10 years and won an Emmy for Outstanding Live Coverage in 2010 for her work during The Inauguration of Barack Obama.

Dyken-Rouen and Hall will help give out four USOC awards, including the Jack Kelly Fair Play Award presented by BP, the Olympic Torch Award, and the individual and program Rings of Gold awards.

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