Jim Thorpe Sports Days


Jim Thorpe Sports days began in 1979, as the US Army War College hosts the games that honor Jim Thorpe, the first Native American athlete to win a gold medal for the United States at the Olympics.

History considers Jim Thorpe, a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, one of the greatest athletes of the last century. He was an All-American and won gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon at the 1912 Summer Olympics, in Stockholm, Sweden. Thorpe attended the former Carlisle Indian Industrial School, where he played football against top competition.

Army War College hosts four other military schools for the event: Air War College, Naval War College, the National Defense University, and the Eisenhower School of National Security. 

The schools compete in 11 total events ranging from soccer to softball to volleyball. 


  • Last Updated Mar 29, 2024
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