Beyond grateful to the Global Sports Development Team for their vision and ability to bring truth to power. GSD had the vision and were the driving force behind the documentary “At The Heart Of Gold” which uncovers the USA Gymnastics scandal. This incredible documentary premiers tonight (4/25/19) at the Tribeca Film Festival and on May 3, 2019 on HBO. A trailer can be viewed here: https://www.hbo.com/documentaries/at-the-heart-of-gold-inside-the-usa-gymnastics-scandal
I will never forget watching the Judge in the Michigan Court convict and sentence USA Gymnastics doctor and serial predator Mr. Larry Nasser to life in prison. I will also never forget watching those survivors in the Court room that day and the Judge reminding us that “It’s Their Story”. Now you have the opportunity to see firsthand those brave survivor’s stories and their courage up close and personal.
While it may be hard to watch, this powerful documentary is a must see for all. It will take your breath away, and may even make you cry, but it will also empower you to raise your voice and take action and will restore your faith in humanity. Ultimately, it will bring truth to power.
This documentary educates and inspires us with this unbelievable true story of hope. I pray it will create a dialogue so that future generations’ hearts can blossom in Gold – which is the ability for us to simply be our best.
GSD is also creating a powerful educational program called “Courage First” to insure that future generations will be given the tools to use their voices to keep them safe. The Courage First educational program will be launching soon. If you are ready, willing and able to watch this powerful documentary, can you take a pledge to join Courage First and to help put an end to abuse and bring respect for once and for all?
How did this film come about and why is this film the first out of the can, so the speak?
Global Sports Development founders, Dr. Steven Ungerleider and my husband, David Ulich, are more than just advocates. They are mavericks and disrupters who help survivors of abuse and injustice bring truth to power.
GSD has a 20 plus year history of bringing justice and hope to Olympic athletes, their families and the world, and they were already working to help various gymnasts in 2015, well before the 2017 conviction of Larry Nasser.
In 1996, GSD founders fought to bring justice to Rick DeMont, the 16 year old swimmer who, in 1972 won the Gold medal, but who lost it because he was taking medication for his allergies. Steve Ungerleider stated “This is a landmark case,“They (IOC) want to know why we’re digging up historical facts, digging through files, doing research on a case that should have been closed years ago. My response is this: `You’ve got some unfinished business here, folks. This is a guy who was beaten up pretty badly, and you need to correct a terrible injustice.‴
“In 2001, The U.S. Olympic Committee admitted — after a 12-year effort by DeMont to clear his name — that it had erred in its handling of DeMont’s medical information at the 1972 Olympics. DeMont had disclosed on his medical statement that he was taking the drugs Marax and Actifed for allergies to wheat and fur. While the USOC’s settlement with DeMont acknowledges no wrongdoing and does not contain an apology, it seems that in the best case doctors for the USOC would have told him that those drugs contained banned substances.
At the very least, the USOC could have stood by him when the test came back positive and admitted, in 1972, that DeMont had not cheated but rather made a mistake. They could have fought for and with him. It would not have been hard to demonstrate that the levels of ephedrine in his sample were consistent with his admitted use of those medications.” See article at :https://apnews.com/5d2f2f54f2501e3f465877a1ecc169ee
In 2016, GSD worked hard to bring justice to the athletes who were killed in the 1972 Munich Massacre. They created the award winning short documentary,Munich 1972 And Beyond, which was nominated for an Emmy and won the LA Short Film Festival. See: https://gar-octopus-49fk.squarespace.com/munich-72-and-beyond