GLOBAL HEALTH & WELLNESS,
EDUCATION & TRAINING,
The three focus areas of the Atlanta 1996 Centennial Foundation are: Global Health & Wellness, Education & Training, and the Environment. The Atlanta 1996 Centennial Foundation will, when feasible, promote Peace & Reconciliation issues within its 3 focus areas. The Atlanta 1996 Centennial Foundation will join local, national, and international partners to ensure the greatest impact and sustainability of activities in each of its 3 focus areas.
Atlanta (USA) - Frankfurt (Germany) - March 11, 2013: The Association for International Sports for All (TAFISA) enters a partnership with the ATLANTA 1996
The Association for International Sports for All (TAFISA) and the ATLANTA 1996 have entered a partnership to develop and implement by 2014 the TAFISA-ATLANTA 1996 Pilot Wellness Program with ATLANTA 1996 twenty three (23) institutional Partners (IP) in the State of Georgia, USA.
London - July 26 - August 12, 2012: The ATLANTA 1996 created and successfully managed the LONDON 2012 WUOC House-MAISON UMVO LONDRES 2012
During the London 2012 Olympic Games, the London 2012 WUOC House was the official venue of the World Union of Olympic Cities (WUOC) for all the Cities that hosted the Olympic Games Since 1896. On August 8, 2012, IOC President Dr. Jacques ROGGE attended the official opening of the London 2012 WUOC House and Lausanne Olympic Capital reception.
Beijing - August 14, 2008: The ATLANTA 1996 awards the 1st Peace & Reconciliation Through Sports and Education (PARSE) Prizes and Legacy Award
The first PARSE Prize were awarded during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the ATLANTA LEGACY NIGHT organized by the ATLANTA 1996 at the Prince Jun Wang Fu Palace. The recipients of the 2008 ATLANTA 1996 PARSE Prize were: Mr. Mario VÁZQUEZ RAÑA (Mexico), General Lassana PALENFO (Ivory Coast), HRH Prince Feisal AL HUSSEIN (Jordan), Dean GREENAWAY (British Virgin Islands), Joel BOUZOU (France), and Essar GABRIEL (Lebanon/France). The ATLANTA 1996 2008 LEGACY Award went to Bob BEAMON.
On December 26, 2007 President George W. BUSH signs into LAW the Omnibus Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2008 that contains ATLANTA 1996 Language
The ATLANTA 1996 language in the State-Foreign Operations appropriations Bill was secured by US Senators Saxby CHAMBLISS and Johnny ISAKSON, and reconciled with the House version of the State-Foreign Operations Appropriations
Bill. This funding will support ATLANTA 1996's Peace & Reconciliation Through Sports and Education (PARSE) Scholarship Program.
On July 1, 2007 the ATLANTA 1996 became a designated USOC Training site for US Team Handball
USOC CEO Jim SHERR, ATLANTA 1996 Co-Chairs Ambassador Andrew YOUNG and Dr. Marc-Daniel GUTEKUNST, and DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer HE Vernon Jones signed an Agreement between USOC and Atlanta 1996 Centennial Foundation whereby the ATLANTA 1996 becomes a designated USOC Training Site for Team Handball. The John Lewis SAC of Morris Brown College will serve as the official training site for the USA Men Team Handball Team in residency at the ATLANTA 1996.
Success at the Athens 2004 OLYMPIC Games, a boost for the Atlanta 1996 Centennial Foundation's Partnership with DeKalb County, Georgia, USA
In 2001, the Atlanta 1996 Centennial Foundation embarked on a Partnership with the DeKalb County Government to establish the Atlanta 1996 International Training Center (ATLANTA 1996). May 6, 2002 Ambassador Andrew YOUNG inaugurated the ATLANTA 1996. Between May 2002 and August 2004, the ATLANTA 1996 trained in 5 disciplines 46 athletes from 16 nations including the US, 4 athletes qualified for the Olympic Games, and Enefiok UDO-OBONG (NGR) (see left picture) who won an Olympic Bronze medal. Read the 2004 Olympics: Athens Greece ATLANTA 1996 Journal.
The Atlanta 1996 Centennial Foundation Endows a Conservation Trust at Fernbank Elementary School, DeKalb County, Georgia, USA
From the proceeds of the sold-out book Majii and the Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda, the Atlanta 1996 Centennial Foundation is establishing an endowed program at Fernbank Elementary School to promote conservational projects initiated by the students. Such projects could be a "Conservation Fair" showcasing and rewarding the most practical projects that can be implemented and make an impact in our community efforts to protect our environment.