The foundation for Global Sports Development presented a historical event honoring heroes in gymnastics. On Saturday, April 28, the Foundation for Global Sports Development hosted their biennial Humanitarian Awards Event at the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills, CA. Former athletes and advocates of the cause all joined forces to support these courageous women of the gymnastic community.
“These gymnasts have been fighting hard…for all of us. Fighting the men that abused them, but also, and maybe more importantly, fighting the silence.” – Kristen Bell
The Foundation for Global Sports Development Humanitarian Award is presented to individuals and organizations that have stepped up as leaders and champions for equality, or social, political, or environmental justice. This award honors those who actively fight against indifference, injustice, and intolerance.
Present to accept the 2018 Humanitarian Award on behalf of all of the survivors were: Sabrina Mar, Alexis Alvarado, Morgan McCaul, Christina Baker Barba, Emily Meinke, Larissa Boyce, Emma Ann Miller, Charmaine Carnes, Alexis Moore, Amy Compton, Danielle Moore, Monica Lenches, Jessica Smith, Anne Malver, Heather Stevenson Kelly, Amanda Thomashow, Trinea Gonczar, Makayla Thrush, Megan Halicek, Denise Gallion, Christine Harrison, Megan Ginter, and Sarah Klein
More than 125 guests attended this intimate red carpet cocktail reception and gala. Honorees opened up about their experiences with Doug Boger and Larry Nassar, further displaying their badge of courage. The bond that was felt amongst these sister survivors provided a feeling of sincere strength that attendees will hold in their hearts forever.
In addition to recognizing the survivors with the prestigious Humanitarian Award, the foundation has designated $1 million to develop a nationwide abuse prevention education program. The foundation’s leaders, David Ulich and Dr. Steven Ungerleider, share a vision for every child to experience the joy of sport in a safe environment. This program will be launched in collaboration with Childhelp, an international leader in child abuse prevention and awareness.