Our story begins, oddly enough, with an injustice.
In 1972, 16-year-old Olympic swimmer Rick DeMont was stripped of his gold medal. In 2001, with the help of the founders of Foundation for Global Sports Development, he was finally, formally, cleared of wrongdoing. In the years between, Rick didn't give up on sports. He competed, coached and fought to clear his good name. Fighting with him, and for him, was the genesis of our organization, Justice for Athletes.
As Rick's story circled the globe, corporations, federations and organizations contacted us, wanting to do more. We watched in awe as their generosity began to open doors for other young athletes.
After 15 years of supporting youth sports and education, Justice for Athletes is now Foundation for Global Sports Development (GSD). Our new name better reflects our international mission, but our focus remains unchanged-supporting the programs that cumulatively help thousands of children learn, through sports, life's most valuable lessons.