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The Center Presents ‘Breaking Barriers: Sports for Change’

The Center for Civil and Human Rights Presents ‘Breaking Barriers: Sports for Change’at ESPN’s Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards in Los Angeles 

(ATLANTA) July 6, 2016 – The Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR) announced today that it will join ESPN in showcasing a new travelling exhibit:Breaking Barriers: Sports For Change. The content focuses on how athletes have used the power of sports to inspire social change throughout history and today. The exhibit will make its debut at the Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards and ESPYS in Los Angeles, July 12 – 13, 2016.
This powerful exhibit explores the history of civil and human rights in sports through stories of athletes past and present. The message aligns with CCHR’s mission to empower people to take the protection of every human's rights personally through sharing stories of courage and struggle around the world. The exhibit features remarkable leaders such as Muhammad Ali, Terry Fox, Jackie Robinson, Billie Jean King and Jesse Owens, as well as current athletes who are overcoming barriers because of race, disabilities, gender or sexual orientation.
"I am thrilled to work with ESPN to bring more recognition to athletes as the agents for social change," said Derreck Kayongo, CEO at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. “By bringing greater awareness to these athletes’ contributions to our mission for equality and basic human dignity, we are one step closer to encouraging more people to break down barriers and preserve civil and human rights.”
Kevin Martinez, vice president of Corporate Citizenship at ESPN, added, “Throughout history sports has been a catalyst for change. We’re proud to work with the Center for Civil and Human Rights to tell extraordinary stories of how athletes are using the common language of sports to open doors, challenge biases and ensure fair treatment for all.”
The exhibit was created by the Center for Civil and Human Rights and is sponsored by ESPN. Tony Award-winners George C. Wolfe and David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group, both of whom designed the Center for Civil and Human Rights, have led the compelling storytelling and design.
Following the exhibit’s debut in Microsoft Square at L.A. LIVE from July 12-13,Breaking Barriers: Sports for Change will travel around the country to be showcased at sporting events, museums and colleges. For more information about Breaking Barriers: Sports for Change and the schedule, or follow #ENSPIRE on Twitter.
About the Center for Civil and Human Rights
The Center for Civil and Human Rights in Downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects The American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. The Center features a continuously rotating exhibit from The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, which includes many of Dr. King’s documents and personal items. Visitors will be immersed in experiential exhibits through powerful and authentic stories, historic documents, compelling artifacts, and interactive activities. The Center is a source for ongoing dialogue — hosting educational forums and attracting world-renowned speakers and artists who work on a variety of human rights topics. For more information, visit Join the conversation on civil and human rights on Twitter @Ctr4CHR and Facebook.

About ESPN Corporate Citizenship
ESPN believes that, at its very best, sports uplifts the human spirit. Its corporate citizenship programs use power of sport to positively address society’s needs through strategic community investments, cause marketing programs, collaboration with sports organizations and employee volunteerism, while also utilizing its diverse media assets. For more information go to

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