The Foundation for Global Sports Development

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Foundation for Global Sports Development
Global Sports Development logo.svg
Type501(c)3 Non-profit
Legal statusActive
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California
Key people
David Ulich, president
Steven Ungerleider, Vice President

The Foundation for Global Sports Development is a 501(c) organization which creates and supports programs promoting sportsmanship, education, fair play and ethics for children around the world.[1] Attorney David Ulich is president of the foundation and author and psychologist Steven Ungerleider is vice president of the board of the foundation.[2][3]


In 2015, the foundation pledged $75,000 to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in order to spread education and awareness about the IPC's efforts in the United States.[4][5]

The foundation helped fund the film Munich ’72 and Beyond about the Munich massacre released in 2016, as well as a memorial to the 11 Israelis that were killed by terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics.[2][3][6]The film has been nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Category of the 38th Annual News & Documentary Awards.[7]

In April of 2017, the foundation co-hosted a symposium on anti-doping issues in sport at Pepperdine University in Malibu. Sir Philip Craven, president of the International Paralympic Committee delivered the keynote speech.[8]

Youth programs[edit]

The Foundation for Global Sports Development founded the Playmakers Program which works with youth programs to bring kids to the Olympics.[9] The program sent 50 at-risk kids that attended the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco to the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.[10][11] In 2012, the foundation worked with SOS Outreach to help a group of teens go to the Olympics in London through the Playmakers program.[12][13][9] In 2016, 50 teens from the Denver area participated in a three day trip to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs through the Playmakers program.[14]

The foundation's team of champion ambassadors works with youths worldwide through mentorship programs and motivational speeches as well as podcasts and blogs. In 2016, Candace Cable, a Paralympian, was included on the team of champion ambassadors.[15]


The foundation partnered with the Agitos Foundation to support projects with National Paralympic Committees in 2015.[16] In 2016, 49 coaches from 23 countries received training in the "Elite Para Powerlifting Coaching Course" supported by the Agitos Foundation and the Foundation for Global Sports Development in preparation for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.[17]

Since 2013 the foundation has partnered with the World Curling Federation to present the Olympic Celebration Tour. This tour helps generate interest in the sport of curling by bringing an Olympic curler to member associations and curling clubs around the world.[18]


The foundation established the Athletes in Excellence Award, which honors competing and retired athletes around the globe who have been leaders and champions in sport as well as in their communities. In 2015, the honor was awarded to 12 athletes around the world.[19] The foundation awards the recognized athletes with a $10,000 unrestricted grant to further service and career goals.[20]

The organization also gives a Humanitarian Award to leader and champions for social, economic, political or environmental justice and equality. In 2010, the award was given to Richard W. Pound, the founding chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency.[21] The award went to Philip Craven the IPC president, in 2012.[22] In 2014, the organization honored Arne Ljungqvist, the chairman of the medical commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and former vice chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency.[23] In 2016, the award was given to Anita DeFrantz of the IOC.[24][25]


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  3. ^ a b Sam Borden (May 31, 2015). "Families of 1972 Munich Victims Find New Hope for Remembrance". The New York Times. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  4. ^ "Foundation for Global Sports Development pledges support". IPC Ice Sledge Hockey. April 16, 2015. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  5. ^ Liam Morgan (April 17, 2015). "IPC receive financial backing to help the development of ice sledge hockey". Inside the Games. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  6. ^ Ron Kampeas (May 28, 2015). "Olympic Games finally remember the Munich 11, 43 years later". J Weekly. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  7. ^ "NOMINEES FOR THE 38th ANNUAL NEWS & DOCUMENTARY EMMY® AWARDS ANNOUNCED | The Emmy Awards - The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences". Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  8. ^ "School of Law to Host Symposium on Athletes and Drug Use | Pepperdine Newsroom". Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  9. ^ a b "Three Summit County students picked for Olympic trip". Summit Voice. August 13, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  10. ^ Thomas J. Ryan (August 25, 2009). "K2 Sports Donates to At-Risk Youth at 2010 Olympics". SGB Media. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  11. ^ "K2 Sports Donation Supports At-Risk Youth at 2010 Olympics". Pediatrics Week. September 12, 2009. Retrieved November 11, 2016.[dead link]
  12. ^ John Meyer (August 1, 2012). "Avon-based SOS Outreach program gives at-risk youths a taste of Olympics". Denver Post. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  13. ^ "London calling for Durango teens". Durango Herald. July 25, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  14. ^ "Sitting Update: Grassroots Efforts Flourish". Team USA. April 6, 2016. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  15. ^ "GSD names Paralympian Candace Cable as ambassador". Paralympic. April 24, 2016. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  16. ^ "BP partners with Agitos Foundation to develop para-sports". Agitos Foundation. December 12, 2015. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  17. ^ "Powerlifting coaching course concludes in Japan". IPC Powerlifting. June 27, 2016. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  18. ^ "World Curling Federation's Olympic Celebration Tour handed cash boost". 7 October 2017. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  19. ^ Stuart Lieberman (November 25, 2015). "Five Team USA Athletes Honored With Athletes In Excellence Awards For Their Work Changing Lives". Team USA. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  20. ^ "Santi Feixa wins 2015 Athletes in Excellence Award". FIH. November 20, 2015. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  21. ^ Robert Kilgour (June 2010). "Honorary Degree Citation - Richard W. Pound". Concordia University. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  22. ^ Laura Walden (February 16, 2012). "IPC chief Sir Philip Craven honored with GSD Humanitarian Award". Sports Features. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  23. ^ "Humanitarian Award 100.000 USD by GSD". Anti-Doping Foundation. February 8, 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  24. ^ "Anita DeFrantz Honored With Humanitarian Award". Around the Rings. August 7, 2016. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  25. ^ "IPC President Gets GSD Humanitarian Award". Paralympic. July 30, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2016.