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Jim Brown Honored for Lifetime Achievements

In September, the 2014 Joe Gold Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Jim Brown, the Hall of Fame football star, civil rights activist, and actor, during this year’s annual World Gym International (WGI) convention.

The Los Angeles based fitness franchise staged the event at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Brown is arguably one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century. He was also a Hollywood trailblazer, as one of the first African American actors to command leading roles in a number of major films, including The Dirty Dozen.

Even more commendable, however, is his ongoing commitment to saving and changing lives. At the height of his football career, Brown founded the Negro Industrial Economic Union, which, under his leadership, created more than 400 businesses and thousands of jobs in urban communities. In 1988, he also created the Amer-I-Can Life Management Skills program, which helps people coming out of incarceration find jobs after their release.

“The World Gym family is proud to pay tribute to such an extraordinary athlete, actor, and humanitarian who continues to have such a profound impact on the lives of so many,” observes Guy Cammilleri, the managing director of WGI.

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