USA Support


High level political, sports, business and philanthropic leaders and organizations both in the United States of America and internationally have enthusiastically endorsed or encouraged the Friendship Runs sponsored by Friendship Sports Association, in addition to multiple United States Senate and House Of Representatives Resolutions commending the “Great Friendship Run” and Presidential commendations of “Goodwill Ambassador,” ultra distance runner and FSA’s Chairman, Stan Cottrell.

USA Letters of Support in Recent Years

Friendship Sports Association proudly shares the following sample of USA support letters (just click on them to see the full letter), and encourages you, also, to peruse our page of sample photos of foreign endorsements, support and recognition.

  • Josh Culbreath, famed Olympian and Track and Field Coach,
    March 15, 2010
  • Jimmy Carter, (former) President of the United States,
    March 28, 2007
  • The President’s Council on Physical Fitness And Sports,
    January 31, 2007
  • White House Fellows Foundation And Association,
    November 14, 2006
  • Johnny Isakson, United States Senate, October 20, 2006
  • Georgia Department of Education re: Letters of Friendship, May 10, 1990
  • George H.W. Bush, then Vice-President, May 30, 1985

And we’ve only just begun …

… for the greatest challenge and opportunity of The Great Global Friendship Run is just beginning … Hold onto your seatbelts and come along for the ride, for as the world’s only “super ultra distance runner,” Stan Cottrell says:

Tell me I can’t get a hold of the rainbow,
and you’d better fasten your seatbelt –

I won’t slow down until I’ve got my arms wrapped around it!”

National Recognition in the USA

These U.S. National-level Honors and Awards accorded Friendship Sports’ Founder and Chairman, Stan Cottrell, evidence further high-level appreciation and support and are just a few among his approximately 400 honors and awards:

  • “Outstanding Display of Patriotism” award, Department of the United States Army, 1980
  • U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Resolutions commending the “Great Friendship Run”
  • Honorary Presidential Sports-Fitness Award – “For contribution to sports in the United States” – Ronald Reagan, 1983
  • “Certificate of Accomplishment” – Bernard Loeffke, Brigadier General, Defense Attache, U.S. Embassy, Beijing, China, 1985
  • Congressional Record Entry by U.S. Rep. Pat Swindall, 1985
  • Congressional Record Entry by U.S. Senator Wendall Ford, 1985
  • “Certificate of Recognition,” President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, 1985
  • Recognition and meeting with Vice President George Bush, 1985
  • “Healthy American Fitness Leader (HAFL) Award – (“Oscar of Fitness”) for significant contributions in health and fitness – United States Junior Chamber Of Commerce & the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, 1993
  • “Logan E. Weston Award” for 2005, The Foundation for America, April, 2005
  • Unites States Senate Resolution, 100% unanimous vote recognizing the Great USA-China Friendship Run 2007″

Stan Cottrell accepts the “Healthy American Fitness Leader (HAFL) Award” – the “Oscar of Fitness” – 1993″