John is a five-time Olympic swimming medalist with four gold and one silver medal. Naber won four gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Each of those victories was swum in world-record time. One of Naber’s gold medals was for the first 200 meter backstroke swam in under two minutes, and his winning time of 1 minute and 59.19 seconds set a world record that stood for seven years. His world record of 55.49 second in the 100 meter backstroke also stood for seven years. Following his swimming career, Naber began working as a sports broadcaster, a motivational speaker, and a professional writer. John, was nominated for the 2022 Dorothy Franey Langkop Ambassador Award. John exemplifies and embodies an Olympian heart and spirit from his glory days to the present. John is the leader of the Gold Standard in his services, committees and everyday walk of life.
Michaela joined the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games (SCCOG) to run and build Ready, Set, Gold! (RSG!) as Director in August 2019. Her primary focus is the overall strategy and management of the RSG! programs, including program development, community partnerships, fundraising, implementation of the program and the relationships across all RSG! schools. RSG! partners Olympians and Paralympians with schools to inspire the next generation through sport. Under Michaela’s leadership, RSG! has launched impactful programming, including RSG! Virtual Program, a youth development initiative serving more than 40,000 youth today. As part of RSG!’s commitment to students in Southern California, the non-profit added a nutrition and Social and Emotion Learning (SEL) component. A product of Michaela’s vision and unwavering dedication, RSG! has expanded the program outside of LAUSD into 32 school districts across Southern California. Michaela also advocates that the amount of exercise kids get should not be determined by their income, nor should their dreams be defined by their zip codes.
David joined the Los Angeles Sports Council and Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games as President and Chief Executive Officer of both organizations in December 2018 after a 22-year career in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. With the Dodgers, he worked in every revenue producing department, most recently as Vice President of Global Partnerships, after spending 10 years as the Vice President of Ticket Sales. Under his leadership, the Dodgers achieved the highest attendance in Major League Baseball for five consecutive seasons. David is a leading expert in sports marketing, ticket policy, pricing and promotion, as well the development of unique product offerings. He frequently shares his expertise, delivering presentations and lectures at industry events and meetings, in addition to university undergraduate and graduate sports business programs.
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