Olympians honored at children's advocacy gala dinner

(DC UrbanSports) - Olympians Herbert Douglas and Edwin Moses, along with Jonathan Miller, MLB's Chief Investment Officer were honored during the 2015 U.S. Dream Academy annual gala and dinner Wednesday night.

Douglas the oldest living African American Olympic medalist. He is the first Pittsburg, PA native to win an Olympic medal (1948 London Games) and is also the first medalist to score a touchdown against Notre Dame football. 

Moses, a Morehouse graduate, is best known for winning two Olympic gold medals in the 400-meter hurdles (1976 Summer Games in Montreal, Canada and in the 1984 U.S. Olympics).  He also earned a Ph.D in physics.

When recounting his younger days as a student, Moses compared himself to Family Matters' Steve Urkel.

Jonathan Mariner, recently appointed by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, is responsible for overseeing nearly $2 billion in League-wide pension benefits and investment funds.

"I always knew I wanted a career in baseball", said Mariner.

The U.S. Dream Academy was founded by award winning artist Wintley Phipps to provide life skills, after-school mentoring and educational opportunities to children of incarcerated parents. 

Please visit www.usdreamacademy.org for more info on their services for young people.

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