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SPORTS IS MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE
Edwin Moses, Chairman Of The Laureus Sport For Good Foundation

Competition is a part of human history.  As early as the fourth century BC, the ancient Greeks played sport not only to entertain themselves, but to prove their strength, ability and courage in overcoming obstacles and difficulties, Nike, the goddess of victory, personified as a winged woman, would descend to Earth and consecrate the champion, crowning him with a wreath of laurels that people believed reduced the distance between Heaven and Earth.  It is a perfect allegory for the work of Laureus.  Reducing the distance between Heaven and Earth, between the social integration we all desire and the reality of the suffering that affects impoverished children all over the planet, is precisely the objective of our organization.

 

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Nelson Mandela

PRESIDENT NELSON MANDELA
Laureus World Sports Award 2000

"Sport has the power to change the world.  It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.  It speaks to youth in a language they understand.  Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.  It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers.  It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination."

   
 
Juan Carlos

JUAN CARLOS, His Majesty the King of Spain
Laureus World Sports Award 2006

"Sport provides a magnificent preparation for life and fosters the most noble of human values; enthusiasm, discipline, teamwork, spirit of excellence, sacrifice and fair play.  Sport generates hope, instilling in young people the drive to achieve new goals and turn dreams into reality.  The members of the (Laureus) Academy

 

act as ambassadors in a concerted effort to involve underprivileged young people in sport.  I hope these (Laureus) Awards encourage the recipients to forge ahead in their admirable sports careers and serve as an example to all others of how to promote the values and principles of sport"

   
     

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