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Steinbrenner resigned his USOC duties in 2002, but continued to fund individual sports and athletes, never making a big fuss when he wrote checks to help the Olympic cause.
"I think it was a reflection of his patriotism," said former USOC executive director Harvey Schiller, who also worked with Steinbrenner as chairman of Yankees/Nets. "It wasn't just being born on the Fourth of July. He was red, white and blue, all the way through. He was a staunch supporter of athletes. He contributed to swimmers, bobsledders, figure skaters and others through the years."
NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol released a statement lauding Steinbrenner for the impact he had on the Yankees over nearly 40 years. The Olympics, of course, have always been Ebersol's favorite.
"I hope no one will overlook or forget the immense impact that he has had on the development of some of the most successful U.S. Winter and Summer Olympic teams in history," Ebersol said.
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