Saturday, April 28th
we hosted our biennial Humanitarian Award event at the
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
Although we historically have recognized individuals with the Humanitarian Award, this year we
departed from tradition to honor a group of women who are transforming sport and society.
In recognition of their courage and strength - in the face of great odds - we honored the athletes who spoke up during the trial against Larry Nassar. We also recognized a group of women from the Flairs gym who came out publicly to expose the egregious acts of abuse by their former coach, Doug Boger.
Twenty-three women were present at the event to accept the award on behalf of their other teammates and sister survivors. This powerful event was a celebration of their steadfast determination to end abuse in sport and send a clear message to others who have experienced abuse: You are not alone.
, Emmy award-winning ESPN reporter, was the Master of Ceremonies. She spoke from the heart and encouraged the honorees and audience to continue using their voices to create change.
, actress and activist, delivered the keynote speech and presented the honorees with their awards.
“These gymnasts have been fighting hard…for all of us. Fighting the men that abused them, but also, and maybe more importantly, fighting the silence.”
– Kristen Bell