Former Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games (SCCOG) Chairman Barry Sanders was celebrated during a reception held in his honor at the new Banc of California Stadium on May 30.
After 15 years at the helm, Sanders retired from the organization at the beginning of the year. Under his stewardship, SCCOG kept the Olympic flame burning in Los Angeles by leading Los Angeles’ 2016 Olympic bid and actively supporting the successful bid for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
During his tenure, SCCOG also launched the groundbreaking Ready, Set, Gold! program, which places local Olympic and Paralympic athletes into LAUSD classrooms to educate students on the importance of physical fitness and to motivate them to incorporate exercise into their daily lives.
More than 70 invited guests from the Los Angeles business and sports communities attended the celebration.
Sanders is succeeded as SCCOG chair by J. Eugene Salomon, Jr., a partner in the Beverly Hills law firm Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown.
Pictured below is Sanders with International Olympic Committee Vice President Anita DeFrantz.