Following a decorated collegiate career at the University of Illinois, where he was an NCAA Championship medalist in pommel horse, Frank Bare went on to become one of the most influential men in U.S. Gymnastics history.
In January 1963, Bare became the first Executive Director of the United States Gymnastics Federation (USGF). He helped build the USGF into the organization that became the United States’ national governing body and was recognized by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) in 1970.
Bare’s involvement and enthusiasm helped to spark national interest in the sport during the 1970s, especially following the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games, earning him Lifetime Achievement status. He served as USGF’s executive director from 1963-80, was a member of the FIG’s Executive Committee from 1972-76, and served as vice president of the FIG from 1976-80.