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Academy and Ambassadors

October 15, 2015

Laureus Ambassadors and the Laureus World Sports Academy are  select groups of living sporting legends who volunteer their time and influence in support of Sport for Good. They are globally recognized as role models and icons of success. They leverage their collective influence to help advance the work of the Global Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. 60 living sporting legends currently make up the The Laureus World Sports Academy, under the Chairmanship of Rugby Legend, Sean Fitzpatrick. Over 180 sporting legends have also pledged themselves as Laureus Ambassadors. They utilize their talents, connections and profiles to highlight the benefits of Sport for Good and advocate for its wider adoption.

Laureus World Sports Academy Members (Based in the US)

  • Edwin Moses

    Athletics

    Won gold medals in the 400 m hurdles at the 1976 and 1984 Olympics. Between 1977 and 1987, Moses won 107 consecutive finals and set the world record in his event four times.

  • Marcus Allen

    Football

    Over the course of his career, Allen scored 145 touchdowns, including a then league record 123 rushing touchdowns, and was elected to six Pro Bowls. He was the first player ever to gain more than 10,000 rushing yards and 5,000 receiving yards during his career.

  • Mark Spitz

    Swimming

    Won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics, and set new world records in all seven events in which he competed in. No other swimmer has gained so great a percentage of all the medals awarded for Olympic events held in a single Games.

  • Martina Navratilova

    Tennis

    Widely regarded as the greatest female tennis player of all time. She was World No. 1 in singles and doubles and won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 major women’s doubles titles (an all-time record), and 10 major mixed doubles titles.

  • Marvelous Marvin Hagler

    Boxing

    Undisputed World Middleweight Champion from 1980 to 1987. He made twelve undisputed title defenses and holds the highest KO% of all undisputed middleweight champions at 78%.

  • Michael Johnson

    Athletics

    Won four Olympic gold medals and eight World Championships gold medals. He currently holds the world and Olympic records in the 400 m.

  • Monica Seles

    Tennis

    The youngest-ever French Open champion at the age of 16. Seles went on to win eight Grand Slam singles titles before her 20th birthday (nine in total) and was the year-end World No. 1 in 1991 and 1992.

  • Nadia Comaneci

    Gymnastics

    The first female gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastic event, Comaneci won three Olympic gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics, and two gold medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

  • Tony Hawk

    Skateboarding

    One of the most successful and influential pioneers of modern vertical skateboarding, Hawk was the first skater to land a “900”, a trick involving the completion of two-and-a-half mid-air revolutions on a skateboard.

Laureus Ambassadors (Based in the US)

  • Kelly Clark

    Snowboarding

    A three-time Olympic gold medalist, and six-time X Games gold medalist, Clark is one of the most dominant women on the snowboarding scene.

  • Alonzo Mourning

    Basketball 

    Won a gold medal in the 2000 Olympics, and the 2006 NBA Title with the Miami Heat. Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014, Mourning still works in player development for the Heat.

  • Bob Lujano

    Paralympic Rugby

    Losing his limbs at the age of 9 never discouraged Lujano. He went on to win a bronze medal at the Paralympic Games, and become a well-respected spokesperson for those with disabilities.

  • Chris Paul

    Basketball

    A NBA All-Star point guard, who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers. Paul was named NBA Rookie of the Year in 2005, won two Olympic gold medals, and led the NBA in steals and assists.

  • Danilo Gallinari

    Basketball

    An Italian professional basketball player, currently for the NBA’s Denver Nuggets. Gallinari was picked 6th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft.

  • & Photocall - 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards

    Felix Sanchez

    Track & Field 

    A two-time Olympic Gold Medalist in the 400 meter hurdles event, Sanchez is the oldest man to hold the title of reigning world champion.

  • Jamie Bestwick

    BMX

    A dominating force in BMX Vert, Bestwick has won 14 Gold medals at the X Games. A record 9 of his gold medals were consecutive.

  • Mike Jankowski

    Skiing and Snowboarding Coach

    As Head Coach of the US Olympic teams, Coach Janks has successfully coached athletes to 18 Winter Olympic medals and 20 X Games medals.

  • Missy Franklin

    Swimming

    The world’s most promising young competitive swimmer, who won 4 gold medals during her Olympic debut in 2012. Franklin currently holds the world record for the 200-meter backstroke.

  • Tamika Catchings

    Basketball

    Ten-time All-Star for WNBA, who ranks first in all-time playoff points. Catchings has been named MVP and Defensive Player of the Year, and was the first player to ever record a quintuple-double.

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