The Laureus World Sports Academy is a true sporting legends 'Hall of Fame'.
Their sports may be diverse, ranging from football and tennis to athletics, skateboarding and motor racing, but they all have one thing in common. All the members of the Academy share a belief in the power of sport to break down barriers, bring people together and improve the lives of young people around the world.
This unique association of 50 of the greatest living sporting legends embraces the Laureus principle of using sport to make positive social change. The members organise and oversee the broad array of community development initiatives funded by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
Laureus Academy Members regularly visit Laureus-supported projects, giving young people we support the chance to come face to face with true sporting heroes.
In addition, the Laureus Academy is the ultimate sports jury, voting each year to decide the winners of the Laureus World Sports Awards.
Laureus Ambassadors are a select group of current and retired sportspeople who have achieved sporting greatness or made significant contributions to the sporting community during their careers.
They are role models and bring their insight and experience to the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation’s social action programme and share a belief in the power of sport to break down barriers, bring people together and improve the lives of young people around the world.
They are joined by high profile non-sporting individuals, who are passionate about sport. All have become an inspiration to young people in their own countries.
The Laureus Ambassadors support the work of the Laureus World Sports Academy, volunteering their time to help the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
There are currently more than 130 members of the Laureus Ambassadors programme. New Ambassadors can only be admitted at the discretion of the Laureus World Sports Academy.
Unlike the Laureus World Sports Academy, the Laureus Ambassadors programme is open to both active and retired sportsmen and sportswomen.