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Edwin Moses
Edwin Moses will always be remembered for one of the most dominant reigns in world sport. For a remarkable nine years, nine months and nine days, he remained invincible in the 400 metres hurdles, being unbeaten in 122 consecutive races (107 finals). Bounding over the 10 three-foot obstacles, he took an unprecedented 13 steps in between the hurdles instead of the usual 14 and managed to produce a rare winning mix of speed, grace and stamina.

By the time he retired from the sport in 1989, Moses had won two Olympic gold medals, in Montreal in 1976 and Los Angeles in 1984 and a bronze in Seoul in 1988. He would almost certainly have won a third gold, but for the American boycott of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. In 1983 he broke the world record for the fourth time in Koblenz, Germany, with a time of 47.02, a mark which stood for the next nine years. During his career he won three World Cup titles and two World Championships.

Entries by Edwin Moses

Shooting for a Different Goal

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 11:10 AM

Known around the world as "the beautiful game," soccer has recently been engulfed by the ugly face of corruption. With more than a dozen officials from soccer's governing body, FIFA, indicted on bribery charges, the sentiment of soccer fans towards the custodians of the sport has become one of disappointment...

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Sport, Gender, and Breaking Down Social Barriers - A Conversation with Alison Carney

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 3:53 PM

I've written previously on the Importance of Retaining Girls in Sports, a topic very dear to my heart. The issues of Gender in sport are highly complex, and discussions around participation rates are just the tip of the iceberg. This month, I caught up with Alison Carney, an...

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Widening the Use of Sport as a Tool for HIV/AIDS Prevention

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 12:55 PM

There are about 1.2 million people living with HIV in the US, with 659,000 deaths from AIDS-related illnesses since the start of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, according to AVERT. Internationally, world leaders committed to achieve 17 Global Goals, with "Good Health and Well-Being" ranked third--one target being...

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The Role of Sport in Addressing Youth Violence

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 8:23 AM

Approximately 775,000 youth in America are involved in gangs. According to Kids Play USA Foundation, adolescents who don't have adult supervision at least three days a week are twice as likely to hang out with gang members and three times as likely to be engaged in criminal behavior....

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Reducing Childhood Obesity for Youth From Under-Resourced Communities

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 2:55 PM

One in three children in the United States are overweight or obese, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Obesity affects quality of life and makes people at risk for many health issues throughout their lives. There are two factors that affect obesity: nutrition and...

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The Importance of Retaining Girls in Sports

(3) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 2:30 PM

By the age of 14, girls drop out of sports twice as often as boys. According to the Women's Sports Foundation, factors such as social stigma, lack of access, safety and transportation issues, costs and lack of positive role models, can all contribute to the reasons why girls...

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Sport for All: The Case for Inclusive Physical Activity Programs

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 3:26 PM

The Special Olympics are about to begin in Los Angeles and by this time next year the Olympics and Paralympics will be underway; the world will be watching sport and judging success in wins and losses. While many of the athletes working with me at Laureus USA are Olympians and...

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The Need for More Youth Mentors

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 3:13 PM

Janelle Matthews grew up in foster care and went to seven elementary schools before the forth grade. She didn't know how to play playground games and became shy with other kids, refusing to play at recess because she didn't want them to find out why she never learned to play...

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The Case for Sports as a Key Driver for Academic Success

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 1:47 PM

Summer is quickly approaching, which means one thing for high school seniors - graduation. On the whole, high school graduation numbers have been on the rise according to the U.S. Department of Education. However, as the chart shows there are huge disparities among states, which can be even more apparent...

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Sport as a Driver for Peace

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 3:46 PM

Last year on the inaugural International Day for Sport for Development and Peace UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated, "Sport has become a world language, a common denominator that breaks down all the walls, all the barriers. It is a worldwide industry whose practices can have widespread impact. Most of all,...

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Youth Sports: There's More Than Just Wins and Losses

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 2:33 PM

We live in an era where sports are ultra-competitive. Whether it's the NBA Finals or a 10-year-and-under AAU game, many people tie success solely to whether the game is won or lost. As a former Olympian, I understand the drive to win and the need for competition as much as...

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Making a Collective Impact in Sport for Development

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 11:40 AM

Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA is aiming to achieve collective impact in the sport for development sector through its Model City Initiative, which launched last year in New Orleans.

As Chairman of Laureus USA, I'm proud to see that our initiative meets the five conditions outlined in the...

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How to Keep Kids Active When the Temperature Drops Below Freezing

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 9:22 AM

As we head into the depths of winter in most parts of the country it's easy for kids to fall into a troubling path of a sedentary and less active lifestyle due to the frigid temperatures outside. Even through the cold, kids need their daily exercise. According to the National...

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Plus Sport vs. Sport Plus: Understanding the Difference

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 7:27 AM

For nonprofits, the name of the game is fundraising. Whether grants come from large corporate donors or individual philanthropists, organizations can't reach their goals and help their communities without financial support, so organizations have to showcase why they deserve donors' resources.

In choosing which organizations to support, grantors consider...

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The Case for Collective Impact Strategies on the Local Level

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 9:34 AM

A nonprofit doesn't need to be a huge, international organization in order to make its presence felt and make a difference in peoples' lives. While some of the largest philanthropic organizations are focused on making a global impact in their respective areas, efforts on a local level can't be overlooked....

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Good Coaching and Its Effect on Bullying

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 12:07 PM

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, when organizations and people around the country work to help raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities, outreach, and education. Bullying is a problem that plagues many of our youth across all different communities, and can manifest in the form of mental and...

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The Trick to Making Sports Fun for Kids? Good Coaching

(2) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 12:34 PM

As the chairman of an international nonprofit that focuses on using the power of sport to affect social change, a recent article from USA Today titled "Fun - Not Winning - Essential to Keep Kids in Sports" about children dropping out of organized sports struck a nerve.

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Sport for Good: Nelson Mandela's Vision, One Community at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 4:38 PM

The concept of "Think Globally, Act Locally" is something that is often discussed in the nonprofit world. For international organizations to be successful and create lasting change, they need to take a holistic view to assess the issues at hand, and then build out programs locally that will have the...

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