Awardees & Honorees
Here are some of the leaders and Truce bearers recognized by The Truce Foundation of the USA, earliest to latest...
At the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, the Foundation presented awards to the Prime Minister of Greece Kostas Karamanlis and the former Foreign Minister of Greece George Papandreou, at a ceremony aboard the Queen Mary 2. Governor Mitt Romney also received an award for outstanding service to the Olympic Movement as head of the 2002 Salt Lake Games.
At the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games, the Foundation honored the people of Italy. The award was received by the Foreign Minister of Italy Gianfranco Fini, in the historic Palace of Stupinigi. The Foundation also bestowed awards for leadership in the spirit of the Olympic Truce to the President of Nigeria H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, and to the President of Liberia H.E. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Awards accepted through their Ministers.
Governor Mitt Romney co-presented an award for outstanding service to Mr. Peter Ueberroth, for his service as head of the 1984 Los Angeles Games and work as head of the United States Olympic Committee. Honorary President of the International Olympic Committee Mr. Juan Antonio Samaranch spoke at the event, as did Greek Minister of Tourism Mrs. Fanny Palli-Petralia.
At the CARIFTA 2007 Games, “The Caribbean Olympics,” the Foundation honored the people of [event host] the Turks & Caicos Islands; received by the Minister of Youth and Sport Dr. Lillian Boyce during the Opening Ceremonies. The entire stadium affirmed the Foundation’s “My Truce Oath” in step with the Athletes’ Oath.
At the Small States of Europe Games 2007, the Foundation made an award to His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, in a private ceremony in the Prince’s Palace in Monaco; honoring his family’s service to the Olympic Movement.
At the Beijing 2008 OlympicGames, the Foundation honored Mr. Cai Mingzhao, China’s Vice Minister of State Council Information Office & President of the China International Publishing Group, and Dr. Richard C. Levin, President of Yale University. For the joint and massive scholarly publishing project The Culture & Civilization of China. At a ceremony at the US Olympic House, hosted by US Olympic Committee head Peter Ueberroth. The Foundation also bestowed a unique award to Honorary President of the International Olympic Committee Mr. Juan Antonio Samaranch. American philanthropist and Olympic Order recipient Mr. Irwin Belk accepted a Truce Ideal Award for his lifelong commitment to Olympic values.
At the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Foundation held its event in the historic East India Club on St. James Square, where in the 1890s International Olympic Committee founder Pierre de Coubertain headquartered his London-based efforts to revive the Games. Under the theme of “The Long and Winding Road,” the Foundation honored the Honorable Michael Bates, Member of the House of Lords, for his historic walk from Olympia to London to call attention to the Olympic Truce. Senior leadership of the Olympic Movement and a wide array of participants from civil society also joined the presentation to Mr. Mario Pescante, Chairman of the International Relations Commission of the International Olympic Committee, and longtime Olympic senior statesman.
At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the Foundation held its event in the iconic Clube de Regatas do Flamingo as a guest of the World Olympians Association. Under the theme of "Modern Messengers of the Olympic Truce," the Foundation presented an award to Ms. Anita DeFrantz, International Olympic Committee Executive Board Member, for her lifelong advocacy of Olympism; to Mr. Wilfried Lemke, United Nations Special Advisor on Sport for Development & Peace, for his many contributions to advancing sport for development and peace; to Mr. Andrew Parsons, Brazilian Paralympics Committee, President, for providing access to Olympic competition for those overcoming personal, physical challenges; to Admiral James Stavridis US Navy (ret.), NATO’s 16th Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, for promoting safe passage across the globe through building cultural bridges; and to Mr. Carlos Henrique Schroder, Globo Television Network, General Director, for his role as modern-day herald of the Olympic Truce through the media.
During the 35th America’s Cup sailing competition in 2017, the oldest trophy sport competition in the world, the Foundation commissioned and dedicated poetry to key participants, including each of the six teams and to their hosts, the country and people of Bermuda.
At the XXIII Olympic Winter Games at PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, in 2018, The Foundation was invited to present its "Open Fields Award" to the People of Korea through Mr. CHOI Moon-soon, Governor of Gangwon Province hosting the Games, at the inaugural PyeongChang Forum taking place in Seoul upon the eve of the Games. The award recognized those who contribute to peace in the Olympic Host Country. For the first time the Foundation recognized a President of the UN General Assembly as facilitator of the Olympic Truce resolution negotiations for those who contribute to peace among the countries of the world. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák accepted the Foundation's "President's Award" in the Athletes' Olympic Village at the ceremonial Olympic Truce Wall with Olympians present. In recognition of the production of the Winter Games and their peaceful purposes, the Foundation presented to Mr. LEE Hee-beom its "'Ekecheiria' Award" for those who contribute to peace during the Olympic Games.
The XXIII OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES (PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, 2018)
Mr. CHOI Moon-soon, Governor of Gangwon Province, Republic of Korea (2018)
Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, President of the United Nations General Assembly (2018)
Mr. LEE Hee-beom, President of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (2018)
The 35th AMERICA'S CUP (Bermuda, 2017)
Golden Gate Yacht Club represented by Oracle Team USA sailing 17
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron represented by Emirates Team New Zealand sailing Aotearoa
The Royal Swedish Yacht Club represented by Artemis Racing sailing Magic Blue
The Kansai Yacht Club represented by SoftBank Team Japan sailing Hikari
The Royal Yacht Squadron Racing represented by Land Rover BAR sailing Rita
The Yacht Club de France represented by Groupama Team France
America's Cup Bermuda, Ltd.
The People of Bermuda
The Conquer Cancer Foundation, the official cancer charity of the 35th America's Cup
The America's Cup Race Management
The America's Cup Event Authority
With poems composed by Truce Foundation poet laureate Colin Goedecke being individually dedicated and privately awarded to each of the honorees.
THE XXX GAMES OF THE OLYMPIAD (Rio de Janeiro, 2016)
Ms. Anita DeFrantz, International Olympic Committee, Executive Board Member
Mr. Wilfried Lemke, United Nations Special Advisor on Sport for Development and Peace
Mr. Andrew Parsons, Brazilian Paralympics Committee, President
Admiral James Stavridis US Navy (ret.), NATO’s 16th Supreme Allied Commander – Europe
Mr. Carlos Henrique Schroder, Globo Television Network, General Director
Ceremony at the Clube de Regatas do Flamingo, host of the World Olympians Association
THE XXX GAMES OF THE OLYMPIAD (London, 2012)
Lord Michael Bates, Member of the House of Lords of the United Kingdom for his Historic Walk from Olympia to London (2012) to draw attention to the Olympic Truce
Mr. Mario Pescante, International Olympic Committee: Ambassador and Permanent Observer to the United Nations General Assembly; Chairman of the International Relations Commission
Ceremony at the historic East India Club where International Olympic Committee founder Pierre de Coubertin based efforts to revive the game in the 1890s
THE XXIX GAMES OF THE OLYMPIAD (Beijing, 2008)
Mr. Cai Mingzhao, China’s Vice Minister of State Council Information Office and President of the China International Publishing Group
Juan Antonio Samaranch y Torelló, 1st Marquess of Samaranch, International Olympic Committee President Emeritus
Dr. Richard C. Levin, Yale University President
Mr. Irwin Belk, US Olympic Committee co-founder, American sports philanthropist and Olympic Order Awardee (2002)
Ceremony at the US Olympic House-Beijing, hosted by US Olympic Committee President Peter Ueberroth
CARIFTA GAMES (Turks & Caicos, 2007)
The People of the Turks & Caicos accepted by the Minister of Youth and Sport Dr. Lillian Boyce
With the entire stadium invoking the Foundation's My Truce Oath alongside the competing athlete's oaths
Ceremony at the Opening Ceremony of the CARIFTA (Caribbean Free Trade Association) Games, Turks & Caicos
THE GAMES OF THE SMALL STATES OF EUROPE (Monaco, 2007)
His Serene Highness Prince Albert I of Monaco
Private ceremony at the Palais du Prince, Monte Carlo
XX OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES (Torino, 2006)
The People of Italy accepted by Gianfranco Fini, Foreign Minister
His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo, President of Nigeria (Accepted by his Minister of State)
Her Excellency Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia (accepted by her Ambassador to Rome)
Mr. Peter Ueberroth for his time as head of the 1984 Los Angeles Games and his current work as head of the United States Olympic Committee.
Ceremony at the historic Palace of Stupinigi with speakers including Juan Antonio Samaranch y Torelló, 1st Marquess of Samaranch, International Olympic Committee President Emeritus; Governor Mitt Romney, XIX Olympic Winter Games President; The Hon. Fanny Palli-Petralia, Minister of Tourism of Greece
XXVIII GAMES OF THE OLYMPIAD (Athens, 2004)
His Excellency Constantine Karamanlis, Prime Minister of Greece
His Excellency George Papandreou, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Greece
Governor Mitt Romney, XIX Olympic Winter Games (Salt Lake City, 2002) President
Ceremony aboard the Queen Mary 2, Port of Piraeus, Greece