LONDON--(Marketwire -01/18/12)- The winners of the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards, the premier honors on the international sporting calendar, will be announced at the Awards Ceremony in the heart of London at Central Hall, Westminster, on the evening of Monday, February 6. The event is a rare chance to see the best of the sporting world collide to salute the finest sports performances of the year. Among the nominees are seven U.S. athletes/teams: Dirk Nowitzki, Carmelita Jeter, the Dallas Mavericks, Carissa Moore, Travis Rice, Kelly Slater and Shaun White (full list below).
The Laureus World Sports Academy, the ultimate sports jury composed of 47 of the greatest athletes in the world, will select the winners. The red carpet will sizzle with global figures from sport and Hollywood that have included David and Victoria Beckham, Sean Connery, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Morgan Freeman, Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kevin Spacey in past years. Previous Award winners include: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Ronaldo, Michael Schumacher and Serena Williams.
At the inaugural Awards Ceremony in 2000, Nelson Mandela, the patron of Laureus, 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 there was previously only despair."
This is the core philosophy of Laureus and the driving force behind its work. The organization is one of the world's apolitical leaders in sport for social change. Laureus combines the Laureus World Sports Awards, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the Laureus World Sports Academy, which collectively form a unique international sports organization that uses the inspirational power of sport as a force for good.
The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation is a global leader in research, expertise and best practice in supporting grassroots programs around the world. The members of the Laureus World Sport Academy volunteer their time to act as the driving force for the Laureus charity. Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which supports 91 community sports projects across the globe (including projects in the U.S.).