MARTIN was honoured for his leadership as Acting President of the U.S. Olympic Committee (from February 2003-June 2004) during one of the most critical periods in the organization's history. Elected USOC Vice President-Secretariat in December 2002, MARTIN became Acting President in February 2003 following the resignation of Marty MANKAMYER. He was immediately faced with the task of leading the U.S. Olympic Committee through the process of creating a new governance structure.
Prior to being elected as Vice President-Secretariat, MARTIN was a member of the USOC Board of Directors representing the United States Sailing Association (1995-2002). He also served on the USOC's Budget and Member Services committees. MARTIN was President of the U.S. Sailing Association from 1988 to 1991. Additionally, he served as President of the United States Sailing Foundation (1995-98) and has been a member of its Board since 1991.
The General Douglas MacArthur Award is presented by the USOC Chair to individuals who have dedicated their lifetime to sport, to America's athletes and to the spirit of the Olympic Games. It is the organization's highest award and is named after the legendary American military hero and former President of the American Olympic Committee (1926).