• Laureus Academy Members Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Edwin Moses  attend charity event for Laureus-supported Operation Breakthrough

  • ‘It is great to see that boxing is helping young people to change their lives’ – says Marvelous Marvin Hagler

  • Laureus Chairman Edwin Moses makes keynote speech at ‘Sport Can Change Lives’ forum in Hong Kong

HONG KONG, March 6, 2015 – Marvelous Marvin Hagler, one of the greatest boxers to climb into the ring, received a hero’s welcome from an enthusiastic audience when he was guest of honour at a Laureus fund-raising event in Hong Kong.

Laureus World Sports Academy Member Hagler, who won 52 of his 67 fights by knockout and only lost three times in his career, attended the boxing evening to help raise funds for the Laureus-supported Operation Breakthrough community sports project, which he had visited earlier in the day.

Hagler, who was world middleweight champion from 1980 to 1987, said: ”It was a great pleasure to be here to visit the young people at Operation Breakthrough in Hong Kong and share my experiences and passion about boxing as well as some skills with them. It is great to see that boxing is helping young people to change their lives.”

During a busy visit, Hagler and Laureus Chairman Edwin Moses also took part in the ‘Sport Can Change Lives’ forum which was held at the Hong Kong Sports Institute, which brought together Hong Kong and international sporting legends to exchange inspirational ideas on how sport can make a real difference in young people’s lives.

Among those present was boccia star Leung Yuk Wing, who is a Nominee for the 2015 Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award. The winners of the Laureus World Sports Awards will be announced in Shanghai on April 15.

Edwin Moses said: “I was delighted to be invited to the forum and to connect with experts and enthusiasts in the sport for good field in Hong Kong. It was great to meet some of the top athletes who are giving up their time to help young people and to take part in an event that spreads positive messages and good practices. I hope it helped to stimulate thought and change.”

Operation Breakthrough is an organisation that uses sport as the means to help, rehabilitate and enhance opportunities for young people. The boxing programme was the first sport used to help fight crime, reduce juvenile delinquency and reoffending among young people from low income and immigrant communities. Now ten sports activities are offered each week throughout Hong Kong.

Operation Breakthrough Director, Barry Smith commenting on the support of Laureus Sport for Good Foundation said “I am delighted that Marvelous Marvin Hagler can be here with us today especially as boxing was the first sport we introduced into the programme. To have a legend such as Marvin to visit and give our young people tips is priceless. Everybody had a great time and this will be one of the great memories certainly for me and for all our boys.”

The very first professional boxer from the Operation Breakthrough Boxing Team, Surez Gurung, said “I am so happy that one of the great legends was here today. I still can’t believe I was actually getting tips from a legend such as Marvelous to help me improve my skills.”  

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Laureus is a universal movement that celebrates the power of sport to bring people together as a force for good. Laureus is composed of three core elements - the Laureus World Sports Academy, Laureus Sport for Good and the Laureus World Sports Awards - which collectively celebrate sporting excellence and use sport as the means to promote social change. The first Patron of Laureus was Nelson Mandela. At the inaugural Laureus World Sports Awards in 2000, he said: “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.” This has become the philosophy of Laureus; the driving force behind its work. The members of the Laureus World Sports Academy are: Giacomo Agostini, Marcus Allen, Franz Beckenbauer, Boris Becker, Ian Botham, Sergey Bubka, Cafu, Bobby Charlton, Sebastian Coe, Nadia Comaneci, Yaping Deng, Marcel Desailly, Kapil Dev, Mick Doohan, David Douillet, Rahul Dravid, Luis Figo, Emerson Fittipaldi, Sean Fitzpatrick (Chairman), Dawn Fraser, Cathy Freeman, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Mika Häkkinen, Tony Hawk, Maria Höfl-Riesch, Mike Horn, Miguel Indurain, Michael Johnson, Kip Keino, Franz Klammer, Tegla Loroupe, Dan Marino, Yao Ming, Edwin Moses, Nawal El Moutawakel, Li Na, Robby Naish, Ilie Nastase, Martina Navratilova, Alexey Nemov, Jack Nicklaus, Brian O’Driscoll, Alessandro Del Piero, Gary Player, Morné du Plessis, Hugo Porta, Carles Puyol, Raúl, Steve Redgrave, Vivian Richards, Monica Seles, Mark Spitz, Sachin Tendulkar, Daley Thompson, Alberto Tomba, Steve Waugh, Katarina Witt, Li Xiaopeng and Yang Yang. The Laureus Academy Members volunteer their services as global ambassadors for Laureus Sport for Good, which was set up to promote the use of sport as a tool for social change. Laureus Sport for Good addresses social challenges through a worldwide programme of sports related community development initiatives. Since its inception, Laureus has raised over €100 million for projects which have helped to improve the lives of millions of young people. The mission of Laureus Sport for Good is to use sport as a means to combat some of the toughest social challenges facing young people today such as violence and crime, discrimination, unemployment, lack of education and health threats including HIV/AIDS and obesity. The Laureus World Sports Awards is the premier global sports awards honouring the greatest sportsmen and women across all sports each year. The winners are selected by the ultimate sports jury – 60 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, the living legends of sport honouring the great athletes of today. The Awards are presented at an annual Awards Ceremony, attended by global figures from sport and entertainment, which is broadcast to 160 countries and territories. The Awards continue to support Laureus Sport for Good by showcasing the incredible work it does with athletes and partners to transform the lives of individuals and promoting to a global audience the power of sport as a development tool to combat challenging social issues. Laureus was founded by its Patrons Richemont and Daimler and is supported by its Global Partners Mercedes-Benz and IWC Schaffhausen. Mercedes-BenzMercedes-Benz is the inventor of the automobile – and has been passionately shaping its future since 1886. As pioneers in automotive engineering, it is both our inspiration and responsibility to continue the tradition of the brand with trailblazing technologies and high-quality products. Like no other trademark in the automotive world, Mercedes-Benz appeals to both the hearts and minds of its customers. We give our very best for customers who expect the very best. Since the founding fathers Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, our corporate history has been one of innovation and pioneering achievements. Many technical innovations that are nowadays standard in automobiles first entered the market in a Mercedes-Benz. This is the basis for our claim to leadership in automotive engineering. The brand stands for Modern Luxury, and enjoys an outstanding reputation for quality, safety, comfort, design and comprehensive, sustainable mobility. IWC SchaffhausenWith a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world’s leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of haute horlogerie at their finest, combining supreme precision with exclusive design. As an ecologically and socially responsible company, IWC is committed to sustainable production, supports institutions around the globe in their work with children and young people and maintains partnerships with organisations dedicated to climate and environmental protection.