NBC’s Bob Costas to speak at U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly

NBC’s Bob Costas will be a guest speaker at this year’s U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly,  an annual meeting of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic organizers, in Colorado Springs.

The assembly will meet Sept. 22-24 at the Antlers Hilton Hotel and brings in various member organizations of the U.S. Olympic Committee. The goal of the assembly is to keep dialogue open between members, staff and volunteer leadership and to help further the Olympic movement in the United States. The name was changed in 2010 to U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly to better reflect the USOC’s Paralympic efforts.

“After a very successful Olympic Assembly last year utilizing an improved format, we’re excited to bring this important event back to Colorado Springs,” said Scott Blackmun, USOC CEO. “By gathering the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family together on an annual basis, we are able to strengthen partnerships with our various constituent groups, while working to advance the Olympic and Paralympic Movements in the United States.”

More than 400 participants are expected at this year’s assembly, themed “Inspire Excellence.”

In addition to a board of directors meeting, the program includes town hall meetings, joint sessions of USOC constituent councils, panel discussions and a general address from Blackmun and USOC Chairman Larry Probst. The event includes a reception and awards dinner Sept. 23, where NBC Olympic host Costas’ will give the keynote address.