by Yulia Mikhalchuk
On the first day of June, French Embassy housed few hundred people to benefit the use of sport as a development tool for homeless youth and young adults. Presented by Street Soccer USA and HELP USA, 2011 Sport for Social Change Awards recognized:
Troy Vincent (Leadership in Sport Award)
Will Garofalo (Youth Service Award)
Mark Ein (Philanthropy through Sport Award)
Lisa Wrightsman (Salamander Award for Women’s Impact)
Honorable Douglas Palmer, Mayor of Trenton, NJ, presented the first award for Troy Vincent. He “broke the ice” by making sparkling jokes, how he was younger, had more hair and also was white not_so_long_time_ago. All the speakers highlighted the importance of support of people around, and they would never be able to be where they are, if not this support.
“They go through fire, they come out alive and they do regenerate” - Sheila Johnson about Ladies Salamander. Lisa Wrightsman, the last but not least awardee, is definite representation of Lady Salamander. Being drug addict in the past, having spent time in jail, she truly revived and now is an inspiration to others. In her most heartfelt speech, she described her experience as a miracle which she could not believe at first, and now she is on her way to even higher achievements.
Enjoy the pictures and little piece of the video.