Ron Froehlich

Ron Froehlich
Class of 2015
Category: Distinguished Sportsmen

born: in Johannesburg, South Africa

Administrator – Businessman - Volunteer 

Born January 13th, 1939 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Froehlich has had a long and distinguished career as a businessman and volunteer sports administrator.  He moved to Birmingham from South Africa in 1976.  He was responsible for bringing the World Trampoline Championship to Birmingham in 1988. He played a major role in promoting the Lakeshore Rehabilitation Center to the USOC as a designated training center for Paralympics.

From 1992 to 2014, he served as the President of the International World Games Association (IWGA).  The World Games is a multi-disciplinary sport event consisting of non-Olympic sports, held every four years, organized by the International World Games Association, under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee.  At the end of 2014, he was named the IWGA Honorary Life President.

Prior to being the President of the International World Games Association, he was Executive Member of USA Gymnastics and the USA Gymnastics Chairman from 2001 to 2008.  He successfully negotiated with the IOC and with the FIG International Gymnastics Federation to merge with the International Trampoline Federation.  As a result, trampolining became an Olympic sport.  He has been an elected Executive Board Member, and head of the audit committee for the International Federation of Gymnastics since 1998.  Froehlich served on the International Olympic Program Committee from 2002 until 2014.

In 2010, Froehlich was the IOC recipient of the Olympic Order, the highest award of the Olympic Movement, for his distinguished contributions to sport.