The power of sport gave Michael Johnson the opportunity to succeed – not just on the track as a multi-Olympic Gold Medallist and World Record breaker, but in life as a successful college athlete and now as a businessman.
Michael worked hard to get to where he is today. But he was also given opportunities: through his coach, through his education, through support of mentors and family.
Now he is aiming to make these opportunities possible for young people who may have the potential and determination to succeed, but are without the support, resources and access to make their dreams a reality.
Michael has always supported initiatives that help change lives through sport. However, he saw an opportunity for a unique program which took young people from some of the most disadvantaged communities in the world and equipped them to change their futures.
Now, he has started his own foundation to further that belief and increase the impact he can make.
The charitable initiative develops young individuals from around the world into leaders so they can give back to their communities and have a better future through sport.
Many of the participants have sporting performance at their core, but as importantly as their on-field ability they will be identified as having the potential to succeed as leaders in their community. Michael Johnson Young Leaders will give them the tools to fulfil this potential.