History

GSD’s History Timeline

1996

Justice for Athletes Begins

January 1, 1996

Justice for Athletes Begins

The Foundation for Global Sports Development was born out of a desire to promote and protect the best parts of sport. Its original name was Justice for Athletes.

2001

The Organization begins its Grantmaking Program

January 1, 2001

The Organization begins its Grantmaking Program

The organization begins its grantmaking program to provide funds to youth sports organizations.

2004

First Playmakers Trip to Athens

July 28, 2004

First Playmakers Trip to Athens

First Playmakers trip to Athens

2008

First CESEP Book Debuts at the Summer Games in Beijing

July 28, 2008

First CESEP Book Debuts at the Summer Games in Beijing

First CESEP book debuts at the Summer Games in Beijing. GSD published a 259 page compilation of the artwork created by youth as part of the Cultural, Education, Sport, and Ethics Program.

2009

Justice for Athletes Becomes “The Foundation for Global Sports Development”

July 28, 2009

Justice for Athletes Becomes “The Foundation for Global Sports Development”

Justice for Athletes becomes “The Foundation for Global Sports Development” to better reflect the foundation’s international efforts to promote and educate about the benefits of sport.

2010

Humanitarian Award Debuts

July 28, 2010

Humanitarian Award Debuts

Humanitarian Award Debuts – Richard Pound – GSD launched its prestigious Humanitarian Award at the Winter Games in Vancouver. The first award recipient was Richard W. Pound, who was commended for his decades of efforts to tackle the issue of doping in sport. In recognition of his tremendous efforts, GSD donated $100,000 to an organization of his choice.

2010

Playmakers trip to Vancouver

July 28, 2010

Playmakers trip to Vancouver

Playmakers trip to Vancouver – Youth from The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula (East Palo Alto) enjoyed several days in Vancouver to celebrate the Winter Games. The youth experienced the local cultural offerings and attended a variety of Olympic events.

2010

Vancouver CESEP Book

July 28, 2010

Vancouver CESEP Book

Our second CESEP book was released in conjunction with the Winter Games in Vancouver.

2012

Sir Philip Craven receives Humanitarian Award

July 28, 2012

Sir Philip Craven receives Humanitarian Award

Sir Philip Craven receives the Humanitarian Award for his efforts in advancing Para-sport across the world.

2012

London Playmakers trip

July 28, 2012

London Playmakers trip

Youth from Colorado’s SOS Program, London area schools, and Vancouver Canada joined together in London as part of GSD’s 2012 Playmakers Program.

2012

Doping Symposium held at Summer Games in London

July 28, 2012

Doping Symposium held at Summer Games in London

Symposium on Healthy Sport and the Legacy of Doping held during London Games at University College of London.

2012

London CESEP Book Published

July 28, 2012

London CESEP Book Published

London CESEP book

2012

CESEP Art Exhibit at the University College of London

July 28, 2012

CESEP Art Exhibit at the University College of London

We hosted a combined CESEP art exhibit with Art of the Olympians at University College of London.

2012

GSD Granted New Status

July 28, 2012

GSD Granted New Status

GSD is granted status as an ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organization for the United Nations

2013

GSD Teams up with Childhelp to create the “Blow the Whistle: Speak Up, Be Safe in Sport” initiative

July 28, 2013

GSD Teams up with Childhelp to create the “Blow the Whistle: Speak Up, Be Safe in Sport” initiative

GSD Teams up with Childhelp to create the “Blow the Whistle: Speak Up, Be Safe in Sport” initiative – This curriculum geared towards youth seeks to empower youth to speak up and report any issues of abuse they may encounter. The goal of this program is to protect youth in sports programs from experiencing physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.

2013

“Doping and the Culture of Sport” symposium at Pepperdine University

July 28, 2013

“Doping and the Culture of Sport” symposium at Pepperdine University

“Doping and the Culture of Sport” symposium at Pepperdine University – In October of 2013, GSD partnered with Pepperdine University School of Law to bring together the world’s top experts on the topic of doping. Two moderated panels explored the legal, medical, cultural, and ethical issues on the topic. Special guest Professor Arne Ljungqvist provided insights from his extensive work in doping.

2013

Begins supporting World Curling Federation’s “Olympic Celebration Tour”

July 28, 2013

Begins supporting World Curling Federation’s “Olympic Celebration Tour”

GSD Begins Supporting the “Olympic Celebration Tour,” an international outreach program created by the World Curling Federation.

2013

CESEP Book made in partnership with Art of the Olympians

July 28, 2013

CESEP Book made in partnership with Art of the Olympians

GSD’s fourth CESEP book is published and includes art from Art of the Olympians.

2014

Doping in Sport survey sponsored by GSD

July 28, 2014

Doping in Sport survey sponsored by GSD

Doping in Sport survey sponsored by GSD – Over 2,000 adults responded to GSD’s survey designed to gain insight on the public’s perspective of doping in sport. Eighty-eight percent of adults agreed that more actions need to be taken to prevent the use of PEDs at the Olympics and in professional sport. The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive.

2014

2014 Humanitarian Award

July 28, 2014

2014 Humanitarian Award

Professor Arne Ljungqvist, M.D. is awarded the Humanitarian Award for his dedication to the anti-doping movement.

2014

The Athletes in Excellence Award Begins

July 28, 2014

The Athletes in Excellence Award Begins

The Athletes in Excellence Award honors athletes who have used their achievements in sport as a catalyst to inspire positive change. The award recipients are acknowledged for their outstanding efforts in community outreach, humanitarianism and youth mentorship. Athlete in Excellence Award recipients also receive a financial award in the amount of $10,000, which allows them to continue pursuing their passion for community service and mentorship.The Athletes in Excellence Award Begins – The Athletes in Excellence Award honors athletes who have used their achievements in sport as a catalyst to inspire positive change. The award recipients are acknowledged for their outstanding efforts in community outreach, humanitarianism and youth mentorship. Athlete in Excellence Award recipients also receive a financial award in the amount of $10,000, which allows them to continue pursuing their passion for community service and mentorship.

2015

Founding Board Members Received “Spirit of the Children Award” from Childhelp

July 28, 2015

Founding Board Members Received “Spirit of the Children Award” from Childhelp

Founding Board Members Received “Spirit of the Children Award” from Childhelp

2015

Production begins for the short documentary, “Munich ’72 and Beyond”

July 28, 2015

Production begins for the short documentary, “Munich ’72 and Beyond”

Production begins for the short documentary, “Munich ’72 and Beyond”

2015

Sidewinder Films Established

July 28, 2015

Sidewinder Films Established

The foundation creates its media division, the focus of which is to share stories about the transformative power of sport.

2015

GSD Introduces Globie the Mascot

July 28, 2015

GSD Introduces Globie the Mascot

GSD’s mascot Globie is a horse, and you can follow his adventures on social media using the hashtag #GlobieTravels

2015

Exceptional Youth Scholarship

July 28, 2015

Exceptional Youth Scholarship

We launched our Exceptional Youth Scholarship in 2015. This scholarship awards 10 high schools seniors each with a $5,000 scholarship. Students are selected for this scholarship based on a combination of academic achievement, community service and mentorship, and financial need.

2016

Playmakers Program becomes an annual event

July 28, 2016

Playmakers Program becomes an annual event

This year we transitioned our Playmakers Program to be an annual program hosted by the United States Olympic Committee at their training center in Colorado Springs. Fifty youth from Denver and Greeley, Colorado spent 4 days on the campus learning about the Olympic and Paralympic values and how to apply those to daily life.

2016

Anita DeFrantz selected as 2016 Humanitarian Award Recipient

July 28, 2016

Anita DeFrantz selected as 2016 Humanitarian Award Recipient

2017

“Munich ’72 and Beyond” Wins at LA Shorts Fest

July 28, 2017

“Munich ’72 and Beyond” Wins at LA Shorts Fest

Our film about the terrorist attack at the 1972 Munich Olympics and its aftermath won Best Documentary at the LA Shorts Fest, which qualifies the film to be nominated for an Academy Award in 2018. <

2017

Symposium Focusing on the 2016 Russian Doping Scandal

July 28, 2017

Symposium Focusing on the 2016 Russian Doping Scandal

GSD partners with Pepperdine University School of Law to host a day-long symposium on the topic of doping, particularly as a review of the Russian doping scandal during the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics.