Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA, the leading non-profit organization that uses the positive power of sport to tackle society's most pressing challenges, recently announced it's joining forces with former Miami Heat player and soon to be inducted NBA Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning, and naming him its newest Ambassador.
As an Ambassador, Mourning will be able to build upon the great work he has done within the sport for development sector in Miami and bring this passion to a worldwide audience. Mourning joins an impressive list of both current and former sportspeople supporting and promoting the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation’s work around the world.
A special induction ceremony was held at the OYC that featured a Community Day of Health and Wellness to celebrate the impact of sport for development.
The Overtown Youth Center is a special place for Mourning, as he co-founded it in 2003 and has contributed to its growth and success since its conception. The Overtown Youth Center, celebrating its 10th Anniversary, is an educational and social enrichment center – a safe haven for underprivileged kids in Overtown, Miami. The Center uniquely blends in- school services, project based learning after school services, enrichment programs, parent support, health and wellness support, and post-high school support (up to age 25) for the 400 students it supports.
“I’m proud to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of Overtown Youth Center, an organization that has been impacting thousands of youngster’s lives in Miami. OYC inspires, empowers and enriches the lives of youth and families through enrichment services. I’ve been dedicated to this center and have seen its impact grow. I’m joining the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA as an Ambassador to bring the success we’ve seen in sport for development in Miami to other communities around the globe. I believe in the power of sport to change communities,” said Alonzo Mourning.
Laureus USA, along with Mercedes Benz USA (MBUSA), have been collaborating for three years to help improve the lives of Miami’s youth. The pair have teamed up to support the growth of a sport for development coaching force in the community, impacting the lives of hundreds of youth in Miami.
About Overtown Youth Center
Overtown Youth Center’s (OYC) mission is to inspire, empower, and enrich the lives of youth and families in Overtown. On a daily basis, they strive to transform the lives of young people by providing an array of services ranging from academic support and enrichment opportunities to meaningful life skill lessons/activities. The OYC team is dedicated and committed to providing children with countless opportunities to maximize their potential! OYC strives to bridge educational, social and emotional gaps for youth growing up in a challenging community. http://overtownyouth.org/
About Laureus USA
Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity in the United States. It is part of the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation global network, which includes the global Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, the Laureus World Sports Academy, and the Laureus World Sports Awards. Collectively, the Laureus global network harnesses the power of sport to promote social change and celebrate sporting excellence. Laureus champions the universal power of sport to bring people together as a force for good, pursuit of excellence, overcoming challenges, celebrating achievement, and winning against the odds.
For more information about Laureus USA, please visit www.laureususa.com