On July 19, 2018, in advance of the ESPYS, more than two dozen athletes and leaders in sport and youth development spoke at the Laureus Summit. It aimed to shine a light on sports positive impact on youth and communities across the globe. To make matters even more celebratory, it fell on the 100th birthday of Laureus’ founding patron, Nelson Mandela. With speeches from Chris Paul, to Edwin Moses, to Laureus USA CEO Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, the event brought the star power. Mosley said, “From community playing fields to professional stadiums, sport is a global language that has the power to unite us all. It is especially impactful in the lives of youth, who can learn life-long values and lessons through their participation.” Paul added on by saying, “I’ve learned through sport and action that it’s one of the only things where you don’t see race, you don’t see gender, everyone just comes together.”
According to the organization itself, Laureus USA also announced the results of its annual State of Sport for Good Report, which revealed that sport can play a significant role in reducing discrimination among children and youth in the United States. The report, which combined the results of 140 sport for development organizations collectively serving more than 850,000 youth, found that these programs are effectively improving their communities and helping to reduce discrimination among the youth that they serve.
In addition, Laureus USA announced the launch of Sport for Good LA for 2019. Sport for Good LA, which provides grants to non-profit organizations that use sport to improve the lives of youth, will mark the fifth Sport for Good City as part of the #20×20 campaign, with a goal of bringing Sport for Good Cities program to 20 cities by the year 2020.