Our presence at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London was definitely strong. With our many programs and events, we were able to reach out to athletes, spectators, youth, and others in a variety of ways.
First and foremost, our Playmakers Program was hugely successful this year. Fifty teens from three different countries traveled through London, attending Olympic events, meeting former Olympians, sightseeing, working together to understand the ideals of healthy sport. Read more about the Playmakers here.
In London, we also had the great pleasure of honoring Sir Philip Craven with the Humanitarian Award. This award recognizes individuals and organizations that have stepped up as leaders and champions for social, economic, political or environmental justice and equality. Click here to learn more about Sir Philip Craven and The Humanitarian Award and to see photos from the ceremony and reception.
One other important aspect of our time at all Olympic Games is furthering our anti-doping efforts. In London we participated in the Symposium on Healthy Sport, which united members of the Olympic community, including our very own Dr. Steven Ungerleider, in a discussion on new models of testing and adjudication, the education of young athletes and how best to deter drug-taking to ensure a level playing field for all athletes.
This year we had a new and exciting collaboration with Art of the Olympians. At the University College of London, we worked together to present a spectacular art exhibit. While Art of the Olympians displayed the artwork of Olympians, we shared the especially powerful artwork submitted by youth who participated in our Culture, Education, Sport, and Ethics Program (CESEP). Of course this year, as in years past, we presented our latest compilation of children's art, the book Culture, Education, and Sport - London Olympics 2012.
All of these events and programs contributed to the overall culture of sport in London. Recognizing our efforts, the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) welcomed us into the Inspire Programme and awarded us with the Inspire Mark.