One of the world’s leading MotoGP riders has given everything on the race track to win three MotoGP world championship titles but today, Jorge Lorenzo has taken time to give back to the next generation as he was announced as a Laureus Ambassador at the For our Heroes sports project in Barcelona.
The 30-year-old swapped his two wheels for two boots as he joined in a fun football session with the young people from the programme, experiencing first-hand the power sport can have to unite and inspire. With the support of Laureus, For our Heroes uses sport as a means to break down barriers and provide hope to young people faced with physical and mental disabilities. The programme launched in 2008 in partnership with Fundación Alex and has since helped more than 2000 young people with handicaps across Spain.
"Sport has given me so much in life. From an early age, I had to be determined, focused and work with others to achieve success. At For our Heroes today, I have been reminded what that success looks like for these young people. The determination they are showing to influence their lives for the better through sport, and the smiles it brings to their faces is inspirational for me. I’m looking forward to playing my part in supporting young people with Laureus Sport for Good in the future,” said the new Laureus Ambassador.
Lorenzo first stepped onto a bike at the age of three. Aged eight, he won the Baleric Championship and his first World Championship race came at the earliest opportunity, on the Jerez circuit on his 15th birthday. As well as his three world championship titles in 2010, 2012 and 2015, Lorenzo has been runner up on three occasions.
Lorenzo joins over 190 Laureus Ambassadors who are all passionate about the power of sport, including fellow Spanish MotoGP rider Marc Marquez and football stars Gerard Pique and Juan Mata. Laureus Sport for Good uses the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage, proving that sport can change the world.