Sugar Ray Leonard
Friday, April 7
Breakfast Keynote, 8:00 – 9:45 a.m.
One of the most enthralling sports figures of modern times, Sugar Ray Leonard faced the difficulties of life head-on and then swept them aside. Leonard took home Olympic gold and fought his way to world championships in five weight classes, a record still standing today. Voted “one of the top 25 athletes of the last 25 years” by ESPN, he is a successful entrepreneur who started his own sports promotion firm.
In 2009, Leonard and his wife founded the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation to raise funds for research and awareness towards a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise. His autobiography, a New York Times best-seller, is entitled The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring. He will be played by Usher and the focus of the upcoming film, Hands of Stone, which is set to be released in the United States in 2016.