Back on Board Documentary

Date: 23-Jan-2015
Capacity: 234 (98% booked)


Join Diversity Leadership Alliance on Friday, January 23rd 

We are sponsoring the documentary "Back on Board"  followed by Q&A with Greg Louganis

Back on Board

Paradise Valley Community College
 Center for Performing Arts (CPA Bldg)

18401 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85032

Friday, January 23, 2015
8:30am - 12:00 Noon (Registration begins at 7:30am)


Back on Board is a feature documentary that chronicles Louganis’ thrilling rise from lonely, abused child to universally acclaimed superstar athlete, drawing on never-before-seen archival footage that reminds viewers of what made Greg Louganis a singular and cherished figure in the history of Olympic sports. With unprecedented access, "Back on Board" follows Greg over the past three years, through financial struggles that threaten to bankrupt him and cost him his house. 


This thoroughly engaging film offers an intimate portrait of a still vital athlete who is forced to reevaluate his life, his choices, his relationships, and his career as he ultimately re-emerges on the world stage with legendary grace to combat prejudice, promote respect, and to mentor a new generation of young athletes.

  • Networking with discussions topics on diversity 
  • Kickoff to 2015 Desparado LGBT Film Festival 
  • Back on Board documentary
  • Q&A with Greg Louganis

Four-time Olympic champion Greg Louganis is widely considered the greatest diver in history. The only man to sweep both the 3m and 10m diving events in consecutive Olympic Games (’84 and ’88), Greg earned a total of 5 Olympic medals, 5 World Championship titles and 47 national titles (more than anyone in U.S. history). Greg Louganis is a pioneer athlete as one of the first openly gay men in sports. Greg demonstrated incredible courage and strength by competing while HIV positive in the 1988
Olympics. Often remembered for the shocking moment when he struck his head on the springboard, Greg revealed his remarkable courage and tenacity when he returned to the board shortly after and performed the best dive of the competition. The next day, he won the gold and secured his legacy.

In 1984, Greg received the AAU’s James E. Sullivan Award for outstanding achievements. The following year, he was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. In 1987, he won the Jesse Owens Award. In 1993, he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. And in 1994, he was presented with the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Robert J. Kane Award. His 1995
autobiography, “Breaking the Surface” spent five weeks as the New York Times #1 best seller. Currently, Greg is a mentor for the US Olympic diving team, a judge for the Red Bull Cliff Diving Tour, a dog agility expert, a motivational speaker, and a human rights activist. 


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