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Order of the Rising Sun

In July, 2019, board member of the Vera Caslavska Foundation, Mrs. Kristina Kopáčková received the Order of the Rising Sun, the highest order awarded by the Japanese government. She received the award from Japanese Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Mr. Kaoru Shimazaki. In her thank you speech, Kristina mentioned that she had been a long-time member of the Board of the Czech-Japanese Society and that she now volunteers for the Vera Caslavska Foundation, which supports physical exercise for pre-school children STAND-UP STRAIGHT project,  among its various activities.

A reminder of Věra Čáslavská’s legacy linking Prague and Mexico City

A spectacle of festivities is underway in Mexico City commemorating the 50thanniversary of the Summer Olympics of 1968: a year that left its mark on Czech as well as world history. The most successful female athlete of the Olympics, and of the year 1968, was Czechoslovak gymnast Věra Čáslavská. Her popularity went beyond the world of sports. That same year, she was the second most popular woman on the planet, after former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

Donation for Vera Caslavska Foundation from Japan Oita

The Vera Caslavska Foundation ceremoniously accepted a generous donation from Mr. Okinaka, who personally organized the fund-raising campaign in Ōita. The donation will be used primarily to support the Stand p Straight project for pre-school age children, and to promote Vera Caslavska’s legacy in the Czech Republic and the world.

120th anniversary of the Czech Olympic Committee

In 2019 the Czech Olympic Committee celebrates the 120th Anniversary of its founding. The magnificent celebration named "Masters to the Masters" took place on June 17, 2019 in Rudolfinum in Prague. Among the musicalmasters who performed were  violinist Václav Hudeček and pianista Ivo Kahánek.  The Czech Olympic Committee took the opportunity to acknowledge 4 eminent individuals.

The Exhibition Věra 68 in Mexico City

On October 12, 1968, the Games of the XIX Olympiad opened in Mexico. Věra Čáslavská successfully defended her victories from the previous Summer Olympics in Tokyo, winning 4 gold medals and 2 silver Olympic medals. Mexico was also the culmination of her athletic career and after the Olympics closed, she married track and field athlete Josef Odložil. In 1968, she was declared the greatest female athlete in the world; she was the second most popular woman on the planet after Jacqueline Kennedy.

The exhibition Re:publika 1918 - 2018 in Brno

The Vera Caslavka Foundation participated in the opening ceremony of the sports section of the Re:publika 1918 – 2018 Festival. A special display of 7 panels presents various periods of Věra’s life from childhood through the period after 1989.

Stand-up Straight project

Vera Caslavska Foundation is preparing the pilot phase of our Stand Up Straight project. The main objective is to teach preschool-age children in nursery schools (between the ages of 5-7) a set of exercises. A daily regimen of exercise will instill the habit of good posture in children even before they start attending school or begin organized sport activity. 

Remembrance of 50 years from 21.8.1968

Memorial events around the Czech Republic commemorated the occupation of Czechoslovakia 50 years ago. At the time, Věra Čáslavská was in Jeseníky preparing for her final Olympic games in Mexico 1968. A memorial event commemorating “all courageous people and Věra Čáslavská” took place in Kouty nad Desnou in Jeseníky, followed by a Mass in Vřesová Studánka. The successful event was organized under the auspices of the Czech Olympians Club.

1st Anniversary of Vera Caslavska Foundation

Dear friends,

the Vera Caslavska Foundation will be celebrating it's first birthday on May 15th! We've already begun taking our first baby steps, and have even made a few large steps. The Foundation will proudly be participating in the RE:PUBLIKA 1918-2018 Festival that will be taking place at the Brno Exhibition Center from May 26 - June 17. Come visit us at V PAVILON. We've launched a project called 'Stand up Straight' with nursery schools in the Czech Republic.

Czech Design Week and Věra Čáslavská

Vera Caslavska Foundation has launched a partnership with Czech Design Week. Linking the two organizations are the festivities commemorating the 50thanniversary of the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico (going on now through January, 2019), as well as the 100thanniversary of the founding of the Czech Republic.

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Věra Čáslavská

For the individual who is willing to take the risk and confront the world with courage, a huge reward awaits.

The reward is SELF-ESTEEM.

Věra Čáslavská, Život na Olympu