Olympic diving legend Greg Louganis is auctioning off memorabilia to raise funds for charities in the LGBTQ+ communities. Proceeds from the auction will be given to two non-profits: Children’s Rights and The Damien Center. “The funds we’ll raise from the auction are designed to help people in need and those who are fighting for justice,” said Louganis.
Children’s Rights is a national organization which holds governments accountable for the safety of children and families through advocacy and legal action, and The Damien Center serves as Indiana’s largest and oldest AIDs service organization. Louganis holds both organizations close to his heart and was given the Children’s Rights Voice for Justice award in October.
More than 50 items are available with starting bids ranging from $35 for a worn and autographed 2028 LA28 Summer Olympics hat to $3,000 for his mother’s scrapbook featuring 1976 media coverage not indexed online. The auction, which opened November 11, closes at 6 pm ET on December 4, 2022. During the auction period, collectors have the option to buy an item at a higher set price if they want to take something off the market. In addition, collectors can make offers on three Olympic medals available via private sale.
A driving force behind the auction is the memory of his adoptive mother, Frances Louganis. “My mom always taught me, ‘Make everywhere you go better because you were there,’” says the five-time Olympic medalist. “The funds we’ll raise from the auction are designed to help people in need and those who are fighting for justice.”