The PCC was excited to have the following athletes speak at the 2015 PCC Conference:
Harold Reynolds exemplifies success on and off the field. During his 12-year career as a Major League Baseball player, Harold spent 10 seasons with the Seattle Mariners and a year each with the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Angels. As a Mariner, Harold was a two-time American League All-Star, a three-time Gold Glove second baseman and led the American League in steals in 1987. He is currently among the Mariners’ career leaders in 10 offensive categories.
Off the field, Harold is an Emmy Award winning broadcaster who has covered every aspect of baseball from Little League to the pros since 1996. He is the lead studio analyst for MLB Network, providing nightly commentary on all Major League games and coverage for special events such as the Major League Draft, the All-Star Game and World Series. Starting in the 2014 season, Harold began calling premier regular season games for FOX and the jewel events such as MLB All-Star Game and the World Series. During his broadcasting career, Harold has consistently rated as one of the most popular personalities in sports television.
Harold is also a noted humanitarian for his dedication to community service and his commitment to improving the lives of youth; Harold was honored as President George Bush Sr.’s 195th Point of Light, becoming the first athlete to receive such high recognition. In addition, Harold is the recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award and the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award.
Harold is the majority owner of HR4 LLC, a minority owned entity developed for the purposes of creating a combination of affordable and quality equipment for youngsters, providing opportunities for under-served youngsters through the sport of baseball and using his platform to promote the sport of baseball to today’s youth.
As a 3x time Olympian, Lauryn knows the hard work and dedication required to bring home a medal; she has a work ethic matched by few. From an early age, her parents stressed the importance of education and the message stuck. While succeeding on the track, Lauryn also succeeded and excelled in the classroom. She received her Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Miami in 2004, and even gave the commencement address at her own graduation. She also obtained a Florida Real Estate Sale Associate license in 2006. Additionally, during the 2008 Olympic year, while training full time to make the Olympic team, she also managed to simultaneously work on a Master of Business Administration degree, which she received from the University of Phoenix, AZ in 2009.
Lauryn has proved herself on the world stage time after time, showing tremendous strength of character, which always put her in contention to win the major championships. In 2004, she held the fastest legal-wind time by an American at 10.97, the second fastest time in the world that year. That same year, she competed in her first Olympics, traveling to Athens to capture a Silver medal in the 100m. She became World Champion at the championships in Helsinki in 2004-2005. Recovering from injury that cut her 2006 season short, Lauryn took home Silver in the 2007 World Championships in Osaka. She retired from Track & Field in 2013 and took up bobsled. Beginning in December 2013, she won 2 Silver and 1 Gold medal in the four races in which she competed and she was named to the USA Olympic Bobsled Team in January, 2014. She earned a Silver medal in Sochi, becoming the fifth athlete to ever medal in both Summer/Winter Olympic games.
While she has a reputation for being a fierce competitor, when meeting Lauryn off the track, this is certainly not how you would describe her. Her fresh-faced smile and personable nature are two of the things that have helped Lauryn become one of the most popular personalities in the sport today. Always taking time to talk to children and fans alike, Lauryn truly is a member of the new generation; a generation that seeks to reconnect the audience with the athletes.
Lauryn helped us close out the conference by speaking on the topic of why anti-doping matters.
We’d like to thank those of you that joined us in New York City for the relaunch of the Partnership for Clean Competition biennial conference on April 21-22, 2015. We have received great feedback from this year’s conference and look forward to bringing the anti-doping community together again in 2017.