About us:

We live in a time when nations are challenged by failing economies, troubling security concerns, diminishing natural resources, formidable social problems, natural disasters and strained intergroup relations. Because of this we are compelled to find new sources of inspiration to lift our spirits, call us to greatness, and move us to develop innovative solutions to help shape a better world for coming generations. Over the last decade, a number of educational and humanitarian agencies across the globe initiated Olympic Values-based educational programs to address this challenge.

Because universities are a vital contributor to and creator of knowledge and innovation, we’ve established a global consortium of experts from world-leading universities, humanitarian and educational agencies in order to deliver on the following activities:

  1. A mechanism for ongoing academic, educational opportunities and professional training (Olympism for Humanity Certificate)
  2. Creating conditions for sustainable community-based social enrepreneurship
  3. More opportunities to underserved youth and communities
  4. Enhancing purpose-driven international inter-institutional collaborations that will embrace this vision
  5. Advancing applied Olympic Education and ongoing scientific evidence on positive impact and Olympism for Humanity elements of effective programming.

Note: The Olympism For Humanity Alliance, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization in the United States. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Who we are: 

O4H Alliance is a global consortium of world-leading, humanitarian change-makers with expertise in applying Olympism to address local and global social challenges.

We comprise notable experts from Georgetown University, International Olympic Academy, Yale Center of Analytical Sciences, Santa Clara University, University of Illinois, CARDET and other prominent institutions across the globe. A full list of our current members can be found here.

O4H Alliance embraces the relationship between the ancient Olympic idea and the modern world by cultivating international collaborations, to educate youth and people of all ages through life-long learning, entrepreneurship and civic engagement.

Orings OlympiaWhat is Olympism?

As defined by the International Olympic Committee’s Chapter (IOC):

  • Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced way the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles
  • The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.
  • The goal of Olympism is to build a peaceful and better world – to inspire and motivate the youth of the world

What we do:

O4H Alliance provides mentoring, organization and other services to individuals and organizations in order to support their purpose-driven humanitarian venture in their own respective communities.

Using the principles  of applied Olympism and guided by the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the Olympic Agenda 20+20 recommendations we deliver on five core activities to help promote resilience, social innovation, sustainable development, community health and human welfare:

  • Needs-based capacity building and training
  • Academic engagement
  • Youth-led social entrepreneurship
  • Applied and integrated scholarship
  • Conflict transformation and sustainable development policy and programing


This picture captures the “krypte”, the entrance through which athletes use to enter the Ancient Olympia Stadium. Build your humanitarian legacy and light your O4H “torch” at the birthplace of the Olympic spirit.

Our focus and what guides our mission:

O4H Alliance embraces the relationship between the ancient Olympic idea and the modern world by cultivating international collaborations, to educate youth and people of all ages through life-long learning, entrepreneurship and civic engagement.

Our program has three main goals:

  1. Engage youth in social entrepreneurhsip and humanitarian action
  2. Increase inter-agency cooperation with humanitarian engagement, and
  3. Use of advanced technological platforms to spread education, innovation and knowledge related to our mission.

We work with a variety of groups and individuals, from non-governmental organizations, humanitarian agencies and academics, to researchers, teachers, and universities, among others.

We host conferences, summits, professional training programs and festivals. We also produce scholarship to enhance and further the values of Olympism for everyone involved. All of these important activities depend on outside funding, donations and sponsorship.

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