Sport for Good Atlanta Hosts Youth Leadership Summit

Olympic legend Edwin Moses joins more than 100 Atlanta participants at Morehouse College for day of leadership training


ATLANTA (July 11, 2018) –  Laureus Sport For Good Atlanta hosted Beyond The Game Youth Leadership Summit, a student leadership initiative that focused on empowering youth on and off the field. This youth summit explored relevant and contemporary issues related to how sport and physical activity have life-long benefits beyond the professional sports arena.

National non-profit Laureus USA, powered by its national partner Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), has invested an initial $1 million to fund grants to youth-serving organizations in three of Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods. This youth leadership event is part of their continued commitment to using sport as a force for positive change in the community. Julia Lankford, Atlanta Program Officer for Laureus USA says, “Sport for Good Atlanta is excited to be partnering with Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine and Atlanta University Center Consortium to help encourage Atlanta youth to emerge as leaders.  We look forward to working closely with them and our other partner organizations to help nurture leadership and invest in programs focused on educating and empowering the next generation through the power of sport!”


Led by Olympic legend and Laureus USA Chairman Edwin Moses, the summit brought together influencers from the sports and academic worlds, including Roman Oben, VP of Youth and High School Football Development of the National Football League, Sam Crenshaw, broadcast veteran with over 30 years’ experience in radio and television sports reporting in the Atlanta, Michael Douglas, Director of Sports Medicine of Morehouse College School Of Kinesiology and Lee Hendrickson, Vice President of Community Engagement and Volunteer Programs, Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee to name a few.

“We are very proud of the work and impact Sport for Good Atlanta has had on the city’s youth and believe this summit furthers the goal of empowering children in the west side and larger metro Atlanta communities through the power of sport,” Dietmar Exler, President and CEO of MBUSA.  “Sports can be used as a catalyst to educate and propel kids to grow into great leaders in the workforce, allowing them to shine both on and off the field. We are proud to have this in our portfolio of support for the youth of Atlanta.”

Influencers from the sports world closed out the day with a Chalk Talk from “The Greats” in using their platform as a way to create lifelong career opportunities. Roman Oben, NFL Vice President of Youth and High School Football, reflected, “The summit was a great way to engage with teenagers and share a few words of wisdom from a professional perspective. I enjoyed getting to interact with this next generation of student athletes and leaders alongside my fellow panelists.” The full day of events ended with a reception hosted by Laureus USA’s Chairman, Edwin Moses, and included Morehouse College President David A. Thomas, leadership from the Atlanta Hawks, The Atlanta Super bowl Host Committee, and other notable representatives from the sports and philanthropy community.

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