Since 1952, we have been a faith-based organization continuing to keep Louis' torch aflame. 

 

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

 

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LUKE ZAMPERINI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 

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’s unique 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.

 

 

 

 Clay Zamperini, Board Member

Clay is Louis' only grandchild, and served as Executive Director of The Louis Zamperini Foundation from 2014 - 2016. He had the pleasure of traveling extensively with his grandfather, sharing his message of hope and forgiveness with countless listeners.

 

 

 

 

DRAKE MORTON, BOARD MEMBER

Drake Morton is the CEO and Founder of Drake Morton and Associates, a highly respected marketing and advertising agency serving clients across varied industries. His past and present clients include American Honda, Ducati Motor Holding, GNC Nutrition, Kawai Musical Instruments, and Opus One Winery, among others. Drake has a long history of working with nonprofit organizations, having served as Committee Chairman on the Bay Harbor Hospital Board of Directors, and as chaplain of the Palos Verdes Police Department.