Since 1952, we have been a family-run organization, now on our third generation of leadership.

 

OUR FOUNDER

LOUIS ZAMPERINI

Louis Zamperini holding the Olympic torch he carried in the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics.

Louis Zamperini holding the Olympic torch he carried in the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics.

Louis Zamperini (1917 - 2014) was a U.S. Olympic runner, World War II bombardier, and POW survivor. During the war, his B-24 crashed at sea, leaving him and two other survivors lost at sea aboard a life raft for 47 days. Louis was found by the Japanese, where he was imprisoned and severely tortured for 2 1/2 years. After the war, he returned to the United States to found Victory Boys Camp, a charitable organization for at-risk youth. Louis is the hero of the major motion picture Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie, as well as Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling publication of the same name. Louis has authored two books with co-author David Rensin, 2003's Devil at My Heels and a posthumous publication in 2014, entitled Don't Give Up, Don't Give In.


Board of directors

Louis Zamperini and grandson Clay Zamperini, Christmas 2013

Louis Zamperini and grandson Clay Zamperini, Christmas 2013

CLAY ZAMPERINI, Executive Director

Clay Zamperini is Louis' only grandchild, and the executive director of the Louis Zamperini Foundation. Clay has a background in marketing and advertising, with experience working in the outdoor industry, and left the advertising world to pick up where his grandfather left off with Victory Boys Camp. Clay is an avid outdoorsman and rock climber.

 

Luke Zamperini, Chairman

Luke Zamperini is the only son of our founder, Louis Zamperini. As a child, Luke accompanied his father on Victory Boys Camp retreats, giving him the knowledge and wisdom to keep Victory Boys Camp true to its original mission.  Luke continues to make himself available for public speaking events where he tells his father’s story and share’sunique perspective on what made Louis the man he was. Luke currently holds the position of Chief Inspector for the City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety.

Lisa Zamperini, Board Member

Lisa Zamperini is Luke’s wife. Lisa traveled around the world accompanying Louis on his speaking engagements, witnessing the effect he has on people, and alongside Luke, kept Victory Boys Camp alive during Louis’ later years.

Louis Zamperini's family acts as the Grand Marshall of the 2015 Rose Parade. L-R: Cynthia Zamperini-Garris, Clay Zamperini, Luke Zamperini, Mick Garris, Lisa Zamperini

Louis Zamperini's family acts as the Grand Marshall of the 2015 Rose Parade. L-R: Cynthia Zamperini-Garris, Clay Zamperini, Luke Zamperini, Mick Garris, Lisa Zamperini

Louis Zamperini and son, Luke Zamperini, answer questions during resilience training at Edwards Airforce Base. Photo by U.S. Airforce.

Louis Zamperini and son, Luke Zamperini, answer questions during resilience training at Edwards Airforce Base. Photo by U.S. Airforce.