Anita DeFrantz to be Honored in Rio de Janeiro by The Foundation for Global Sports Development with Prestigious Humanitarian Award

The Humanitarian Award is accompanied by a $100,000 charitable grant
to an organization of DeFrantz’s choice.

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Foundation for Global Sports Development (GSD) will recognize Anita
DeFrantz and her contributions to the sporting community with their
prestigious Humanitarian Award. The award ceremony will be held at the
Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro on August 6th, featuring a
memorable sequence of events and speakers including IOC Vice President
John Coates. In addition to the award, GSD will be presenting DeFrantz
with a $100,000 grant to further her charitable efforts.

The Foundation for Global Sports Development established the
Humanitarian Award in 2010 in an effort to recognize individuals and
organizations that work to preserve the values of fair play,
sportsmanship and drug-free competition in the world of sports.
Recipients of this award exhibit the highest level of dedication to the
Olympic movement and promoting a positive culture of sport.

Throughout her life, Anita DeFrantz has broken down barriers in sport
and paved the way for youth to enter a sporting community where the
rights and health of athletes are at the center of focus. “Time and time
again, when we see something positive happening within the Olympic and
Southern California sporting community, we find Anita DeFrantz at the
center of it,” said Steven Ungerleider, GSD executive board member. “She
gives of herself without asking for anything in return.”

“Anita DeFrantz is a true ambassador for positive sport,” added GSD
executive board member David Ulich. “Through her lifelong work with
nonprofit and youth organizations, she has truly mastered the art of
using sports as a way to promote those values that are important to the
mission of GSD, including teamwork, fair play, sportsmanship and
participation for all. We are proud to honor Anita with the Humanitarian

To learn more about the Humanitarian Award and Anita DeFrantz’s
contributions to sport, please visit The
Foundation for Global Sports Development’s website
. Previous
Humanitarian Award recipients include Professor Arne Ljungqvist, M.D.;
Sir Philip Craven; and Richard W. Pound.

About Global Sports Development

Working closely with international sports federations, generous donors
and committed athletes, The Foundation for Global Sports Development
promotes sportsmanship, education, fair play and ethics among the
world’s youth. The Foundation gives special emphasis to groups and
communities that are most in need or most underserved by current
programs, including women, minorities and youth in areas where the risk
of delinquency is particularly high. Visit
to learn more.


The Foundation for Global Sports Development
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