USA Basketball is considering the relocation of its headquarters and national training facilities following the conclusion of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.  USA Basketball has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to solicit proposals from cities interested in forging a long-term and mutually beneficial partnership.

The relocation process reflects the desire of USA Basketball to consolidate its executive and training operations into a single, state-of-the-art location.  Currently, USA Basketball’s executive offices are headquartered in Colorado Springs, and it trains its teams at the United States Olympic Committee’s training center, also in Colorado Springs, and various other venues around the United States.

To date, more than 20 cities have expressed interest in participating in the process and have received USA Basketball’s RFP.  In concert with its host community, USA Basketball is seeking to establish a focal point for excellence in the sport of basketball and the values the organization prizes in its players and teams:  leadership, teamwork, sportsmanship and a sense of national pride.  USA Basketball will promote its presence in the host community on a year-round basis by staging a wide variety of signature competitions and festivals, exhibition games, instructional programs, clinics, skills camps and community outreach programs.

“Over the years we have been approached by various cities interested in serving as the new headquarters of USA Basketball.  The RFP process will help us determine whether we can forge a long-term partnership that will be in the best interests of USA Basketball, the host city and the sport itself,” said Val Ackerman, President of USA Basketball.  “We are very pleased with the strong interest we have received thus far from cities across the country, and we appreciate their recognition and support of our mission to enhance the sport of basketball locally, in the United States and around the world.”

Potential host community responses to the RFP are due by December 20, 2007.  USA Basketball is planning to make a final decision on the RFP process and an official public announcement in the summer of 2008. 

Wasserman Media Group Consulting has been retained to assist USA Basketball with the evaluation of the RFP responses.