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The Man Who Could Fly and the Fastest Man on Earth

1 June 2007
www.bocaratonnews.com

By Rebecca Coleman

The Man Who Could Fly and the Fastest Man on Earth – Bob Beamon and Carl Lewis teamed up for a rare public appearance, Tuesday at the Town Center at Boca Raton. The occasion was the announcement of the 2007 Beamonesque Awards, presented by the annual Bob Beamon Golf & Tennis Classic.

The 9th annual Bob Beamon Golf & Tennis Classic is scheduled for October 25 and 26. The tournament benefits The Bob Beamon Organization for Youth, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the growth and leadership development of scholar athletes.

Olympic record-holder, Beamon named Lewis, holder of nine gold medals, 2007 National Beamonesque Award Recipient. Boca Raton resident and president of LEAH, Robert Alrod, was named 2007 Regional Beamonesque Award Recipient.

"I am thrilled that both Carl and Robert will accept the Beamonesque Award," said Bob Beamon. "Both of these gentlemen have dedicated many years of their lives to spreading messages of friendship and hope, particularly for our young people. They are equally committed to excellence in their chosen fields, and we are fortunate to have such wonderful role models committed to helping South Florida children, "Beamon added.

Beamonesque is a term first coined by a sportswriter at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City when Bob Beamon made his record-breaking long jump of 29’ 2_”, which beat the Olympic and World record by almost 2 feet and is the longest held Olympic record in history. Previous recipients of Beamonesque awards include world heavyweight boxing legend Muhammad Ali; Olympic 400-meter hurdler Edwin Moses; NFL Hall of Fame member Jim Kelly; NBA Hall of Fame member Julius "Dr. J" Erving; Marc Buoniconti, The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis and Stephanie Trump, I Have A Dream Foundation of South Florida.

The winner of nine track and field Olympic gold medals and considered one of the greatest athlete's of all time, Carl Lewis' amazing career spanned from the 1980s through the mid 1990s.

In 1984, Lewis matched Jesse Owens' feat of winning four gold medals with victories in the 100m, the 200m, the long jump and the 4x100m relay. Today, he focuses his efforts on the health and well-being of children through his foundation.

Robert Alrod, serves on a number of community and business advisory councils and boards. As the President for the League for Educational Awareness of The Holocaust (LEAH) he speaks about the important work done by LEAH in making people aware of the Holocaust as well as current genocides in the world such as Darfur and Rwanda. He is a recipient of the Government of Canada Centennial Medal in 1967 and the LEAH Bridge Builder Award for 2004. He is also CEO and Managing Member of the Altes LLC/Setla LLC Group.

The 9th Annual Beamonesque Awards Gala will be held October 25 at the Delray Beach Marriott in Delray Beach and the Golf & Tennis Classic Tournament will return to Parkland Golf & country club on October 26. Event Chairs are Lynda Levistsky and Craig Donoff.



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