Since its birth in 2001, Laureus has raised over €40 million for projects that have helped improve the lives of more than 1.5 million young people.
Now, the first ever Laureus Sport for Good Global Summit comes to London with Academy Members such as:
NFL superstar Marcus Allen
Winner of six tennis Grand Slams Boris Becker
England football icon Bobby Charlton
Indian cricket hero Kapil Dev
Five-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Johnson
Downhill skiing champion Franz Klammer
Multiple Olympic gold medal swimmer Mark Spitz
The laurel crown is an enduring symbol of honour, of respect, of recognition for great achievements. From victors in ancient Rome to today’s Olympic champions, the wreath of laurels has—with simple understatement—crowned the exceptional.
How appropriate, then, that Laureus is now the name behind a unique movement that unites the best in sporting achievement.
The names of the Laureus Academy resonate worldwide, both within and beyond their own fields of achievement. They represent sports as diverse as the Olympics themselves: Many, indeed, are Olympic champions several times over.
Ed Moses, Sebastian Coe, Steve Redgrave, Mark Spitz, Michael Johnson, Franz Klammer, Emerson Fittipaldi, Boris Becker, Kapil Dev, Bobby Charlton, Nadia Comaneci, Kip Keino, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Ian Botham are just a few of almost 50 inspiring sportsmen and women who have, between them, enough laurels to fill London 2012’s gleaming new Olympic arena.
And this week, many of those same champions will see London’s sporting centrepiece for themselves when they converge on the Capital for the first-ever Laureus Sport for Good Summit.