Taking Command: You Can Do That
Carl Lewis, having lived his life saying “I Can Do That,” shows audiences what it takes to win, overcome the odds and develop a champion mindset.
An activist for family, youth, education, wellness and fitness, Carl Lewis brings his international celebrity to attract awareness for the challenges and opportunities surrounding these issues around the world.
Carl Lewis is one of the greatest Olympians of all time. The American former track and field athlete won 10 Olympic medals, including nine gold, and 10 World Championship medals, including eight gold.
Lewis was a dominant sprinter and long jumper who topped the world rankings in the 100 m, 200 m and long jump events frequently from 1981 to the early 1990s. He set world records in the 100 m, 4 x 100 m and 4 x 200 m relays, while his world record in the indoor long jump has stood since 1984. His 65 consecutive victories in the long jump achieved over a span of 10 years is one of the sport's longest undefeated streaks. Over the course of his athletics career, Lewis broke ten seconds for the 100 meters 15 times and 20 seconds for the 200 meters 10 times.
His accomplishments have led to numerous accolades, including being voted "World Athlete of the Century" by the International Association of Athletics Federations and "Sportsman of the Century" by the International Olympic Committee, "Olympian of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and "Athlete of the Year" by Track & Field News in 1982, 1983, and 1984.
As an United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, Carl devotes a great deal of his time and energy to charity. He founded “The Carl Lewis Foundation,” which serves as an umbrella for the many charities that Lewis supports including the College Fund (formerly known as the United Negro College Fund), The Wendy Marx Foundation (for organ donor awareness) and the UNCF Walkathon in Houston. He is also involved in the “Best Buddies,” program as a Board Member; “Best Buddies” integrates people with special needs into society.
Having lived his life saying “I Can Do That,” Lewis shows audiences how they too “Can Do That.” Carl is an activist for issues focusing on Family, Youth, Education, Wellness and Fitness; he brings his international celebrity to attract audiences, and awareness to these issues around the world.
Lewis is currently a Track and Field coach at University of Houston.