Bethanie Mattek-Sands – Nominated for Humanitarian of the Year

Bethanie Mattek-Sands – Nominated for Humanitarian of the Year By Erik Erlendsson Before Bethanie Mattek-Sands reached the pinnacle of her sport, the young and aspiring tennis player had the opportunity to meet and hit balls with her idol, Monica Seles. That encounter proved a monumental moment in Mattek-Sands’ career thatContinue reading

Kelvin Beachum – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year

Kelvin Beachum – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year By Erik Erlendsson Faith and family showed Kelvin Beachum the importance of community service and giving back. The offensive tackle for the New York Jets uses his status to cast that net across a large section of charitable endeavors. The BeachumContinue reading

Meryl Davis – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year

Meryl Davis – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year By Erik Erlendsson Since the age of five, figure skating has been the focal point for Meryl Davis. The former Olympic Ice Dancing champion wants to give that gift to others who otherwise can’t afford to pay for skates, lessons orContinue reading

Jim Leyritz – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year

Jim Leyritz – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year By Erik Erlendsson On the diamond, Jim Leyritz built a career by coming through in the cluth for his team. That tendency continues for Leyritz, who now comes through to help charity. A two-time World Series champion with the New YorkContinue reading

Reggie Howard – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year

Reggie Howard – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year By Erik Erlendsson As a senior at the University of Memphis, Reggie Howard suffered a broken neck on the football field which required surgery the next day. As he lay on a stretcher flying back to Memphis in pain and concernedContinue reading

Madison Keys – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year

Madison Keys – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year By Erik Erlendsson Madison Keys grew up fast under a public microscope. A life of traveling the world as a professional tennis player can force teenagers to take on adult responsibilities. It takes confidence and strength to take on that world.Continue reading

Malcom Jenkins – Nominated for Humanitarian of the Year

Malcom Jenkins – Nominated for Humanitarian of the Year By Erik Erlendsson As a defensive back in the NFL, Malcolm Jenkins is paid to take away from opposing offenses. But giving back is what fuels his life. Jenkins started his own non-profit organization, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, to help bringContinue reading

Mike Ditka – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year

Mike Ditka – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year By Erik Erlendsson On the football field, Mike Ditka earned the nickname “Iron Mike’’ for his hard-nosed style of play. That no-nonsense approach carried over to his coaching days. Little did few understand that even “Iron’’ has a melting point. DitkaContinue reading

Natasha Watley – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year

Natasha Watley – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year By Erik Erlendsson Natasha Watley always knew she was a softball player. What she didn’t realize was that young girls looked up to her as a role model. Now, she serves as a mentor. After conducting softball clinics and seeing howContinue reading

Tim Flannery – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year

Tim Flannery – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year By Erik Erlendsson Tim Flannery has never found it easy to look the other way throughout his life, whether that was while he was involved in baseball or music. Both those interests have gone a long way to helping launch andContinue reading

Jim Furyk – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year

Jim Furyk – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year By Erik Erlendsson One of the most recognizable names on the PGA circuit, Jim Furyk shows his drive goes beyond just the tee box. The former PGA Player of the Year in 2010 launched the Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation thatContinue reading

John Urschel – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year

John Urschel – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year By Erik Erlendsson While football players know they need to understand their Xs and Os, John Urschel wants to make sure everybody understands how to work with numbers. Urschel is a PhD candidate in mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology whileContinue reading

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