Why is The American Legion a member of the United States Olympic Committee?
The Legion was awarded membership in December 2000 based on its sponsorship of Junior Shooting Sports and American Legion Baseball – both Olympic/Pan-American sports – and has been in good standing with the United States Olympic Committee ever since. Two Shooting Sports alumni have participated in the Olympics, one of them winning a gold medal. The American Legion doesn’t have a record of who among Legion Baseball alumni may have played for the U.S. team.
Resolution 25, passed in 1993, was the initial driver for seeking Legion membership; authority was formally reinstated in Resolution 12, passed in 2013.