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Boris Becker And Ruud Gullit Celebrate Launch Of Laureus Foundation In The Netherlands

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Pieter van den Hoogenband, Esther Vergeer and Yvonne van Gennip named members of Laureus Friends & Ambassadors programme

Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje to be Chairman of new Foundation

Boris Becker says - 'I know the Laureus Foundation in the Netherlands will be a huge success helping disadvantaged young people'

Laureus Foundation the Netherlands is the ninth national Laureus Foundation

Pictures available for publication on www.laureusarchive.com

AMSTERDAM, September 22, 2009 - German tennis legend Boris Becker, the Vice Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, and Laureus supporter Ruud Gullit joined Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje in Amsterdam today to launch the new Laureus Sport for Good Foundation the Netherlands.

Through its global foundation and a growing network of nine subsidiary national foundations in Argentina, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, the United States, and now the Netherlands, Laureus supports almost 70 humanitarian projects worldwide. Since its inception Laureus has raised over "20 million for projects which have helped to improve the lives of more than one million young people around the world.

The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation is supported by a growing number of Laureus Friends & Ambassadors around the globe. At the launch event in Amsterdam, the appointment of three new Laureus ambassadors was announced:

Pieter van den Hoogenband, triple Olympic swimming gold medallist, who won the 100 metres and 200 metres freestyle in Sydney in 2000 and 100 metres freestyle in Athens 2004

Esther Vergeer, the greatest wheelchair tennis player of all time; she has won five Paralympic gold medals and is a double winner of the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award

Yvonne van Gennip, one of the most successful female Dutch all-round speed-skaters, who won three gold medals in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary

The three new Laureus ambassadors received their certificates in Amsterdam from Boris Becker, who said: "I congratulate everyone who has worked so hard to create the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in the Netherlands. We intend to create a legacy for good in the future through the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation the Netherlands. Sport is close to the hearts of all the people in this country and I know it will be very successful in helping to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people.

"You have great supporters in your three new Laureus Friends & Ambassador members Pieter van den Hoogenband, Esther Vergeer and Yvonne van Gennip, and I wish them well and welcome you all to the Laureus Family," added Boris.

Under the Chairmanship of His Highness Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje, the Laureus Foundation the Netherlands will begin its activities by supporting three projects in 2010 - De Laureus Maritime Challenge, De Zomerkampen van de Bas van de Goor Foundation and an evening football competition for young people from distressed families in the Hague.

Laureus is a universal movement that celebrates the power of sport to bring people together as a force for good. Laureus is composed of three core elements - the Laureus World Sports Academy, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the Laureus World Sports Awards - which collectively celebrate sporting excellence and harness the power of sport to promote social change.

Boris Becker is Vice Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, a unique association of 46 of the greatest living sporting legends, under the Chairmanship of Edwin Moses. The Academy members volunteer their time to act as global ambassadors for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation by using their influence to highlight the plight of disadvantaged children and supporting humanitarian projects around the world. The members of the Laureus Friends & Ambassadors programme support the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation on a national basis and reinforce the activities of the members of the Laureus World Sports Academy.

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