LOS ANGELES, July 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Laureus USA gathered sports industry leaders, nonprofit executives, athletes and youth in Los Angeles for the Laureus Youth Leadership Summit presented by ESPN and The Allstate Foundation. The Summit was hosted by nonprofit Laureus USA to explore how sport can be a powerful tool for developing leadership skills, and featured speakers including Four-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Johnson, Olympic legend and Laureus USA Board Chairman Edwin Moses, Olympic Gold Medalist and Laureus USA CEO Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, Olympic Gold Medalist Angela Hucles and Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, among others. Also in attendance were Olympic rower Anita DeFrantz and Olympic volleyball star and model Kimberly Glass.
The Summit championed youth voices by providing a platform for them to connect with leaders and professional athletes and share insights on how to best design youth-serving programs. In turn, leaders had a chance to share best practices on leadership with youth. Laureus invited more than a dozen youth from the Sport for Good programs that it funds in Chicago, New Orleans, Atlanta and New York City. Additional youth are from LA-area programs focused on developing young leaders through sport.
"There is a critical lack of diversity among leaders of today and we believe sport can help bridge this gap by empowering people from all backgrounds to develop the knowledge and confidence they need to emerge as leaders," said Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, CEO of Laureus USA and Olympic Gold Medalist in Track and Field. "Nearly 75% of youth in Laureus-supported programs show increased leadership skills, including the abilities to organize, plan and make decisions and we are proud to help inspire the leaders of tomorrow."
The two-day conference (July 8 & 9) is a unique opportunity for youth, athletes and cross-sector executives to learn from one another. The goal of the Laureus Youth Leadership Summit is to empower youth to represent views of their peers, and identify how youth-serving programs can better integrate leadership development into their curriculums.
Among the highlights of Day One were:
- Opening Keynote: Michael Johnson- Defining Youth Leadership through Sport
- Panel discussion – Why Youth Leadership through Sport?
- "Mini TED Talks" - Successful Youth Leadership Platforms in Sport
- Laureus Youth Council – Including Youth in Programming Development and Growth
- Athletes Leading the Way –Angles Hucles, Ibtihaj Muhammad and Edwin Moses Advice to Young Leaders
Day Two featured workshops to help further develop youth's leadership skills while also providing a platform for collecting and incorporating feedback into future Laureus USA programs.
Presented by ESPN and the Allstate Foundation, the Laureus Youth Leadership Summit coincided with the Sports Humanitarian Awards on July 8 which honored athletes, teams, nonprofits and corporations using sport to make a positive impact on society.
The Laureus Youth Leadership Summit was held at The Conga Room at LA Live. Many LA professional teams came together to sponsor and support this event: the LA Dodgers Foundation, LAFC, LA Lakers, Anahiem Ducks, LA Clippers, LA Rams and LA Kings Additional sponsors included Nickelodeon, the NFL and MUFG Union Bank which also invited incoming and graduate students from their student-run bank branches in Los Angeles.
About Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA (Laureus USA)
Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA believes that sport has the power to change the world, as proclaimed by our founding patron Nelson Mandela. We are a grant-making, nonprofit organization that supports the growth and deepens the impact of 50 sport and youth development organizations nationwide. Through our Sport for Good Cities initiative, we unite communities to challenge the inequities facing underserved youth through the power of sport. Our local investments in cities improve the lives of more than 400,000 kids annually. Laureus USA is a proud member of the global Laureus network, which includes nine national Laureus Sport for Good Foundations, the Laureus World Sports Academy, and the Laureus World Sports Awards. Learn more about Sport for Good at http://www.LaureusUSA.com.
About ESPN Corporate Citizenship
ESPN believes that, at its very best, sports uplifts the human spirit. Its corporate citizenship programs use power of sport to positively address society's needs through strategic community investments, cause marketing programs, collaboration with sports organizations and employee volunteerism, while also utilizing its diverse media assets. For more information go to www.espn.com/citizenship.
About the Allstate Foundation
The Allstate Foundation works to create more prosperous communities where people are inspired and empowered to fulfill their hopes and dreams by inspiring the next generation of leaders, ending domestic violence, strengthening nonprofit leaders and honoring Allstate volunteers. Through its Good Starts Young® program, The Allstate Foundation enables youth to build social and emotional learning skills and become the next generation of leaders. For more information, visit AllstateFoundation.org.
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