- Jake Diekman – Texas Rangers – supporting “Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America”
- Guy East – Professional Cycling – supporting “Hope Sports”
- Meryl Davis & Charlie White – Ice Dancing, Team USA – supporting…”Classroom Champions”
- Malcolm Jenkins – Philadelphia Eagles – supporting “The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation”
- Cullen Jones – USA Swimming – supporting “USA Swimming Foundation’s Make A Splash Tour Presented by Phillips 66”
- Dhani Jones – Former Cincinnati Bengals – supporting “BowTie Foundation”
- Matt Martin – New York Islanders – supporting – “Matt Martin Foundation”
- Steve Payne – Former Minnesota North Stars – supporting – “Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing”
- David Robertson – Chicago White Sox – supporting – “High Socks For Hope”
- Tony Stewart – NASCAR – Motor Racing – supporting – “Tony Stewart Foundation”
All Sports United announces the launch of the voting for it’s fourth annual “Humanitarian of the Year Award”. The “All Stars of Giving” voting campaign begins on Friday April 15th in cooperation with partner Givkwik. The campaign is presented by Getaway2Give (www.getaway2give.com), a company known for it’s unique fundraising ability using memorable vacation experiences to raise millions of $’s for hundreds of foundations including those of Larry Fitzgerald, Coach Bruce Arians, Matt Light, Von Miller, Andy Dalton, and Ben Roethlisberger.
Alan Pavlosky, Co-Founder of All Sports United stated “We want to thank Rob Vaka and Getaway2Give for their support of our program by becoming the presenting sponsor of this year’s campaign. G2G has always supported All Sports United and has now ramped up its support for this year’s campaign. Their support is crucial in making this campaign possible.”
Rob Vaka of G2G added that “Getaway2Give was founded with the mission to accomplish two things- raise money for causes that are doing great things and help bring people closer together in memorable vacation settings. In just 3 years we’ve generated more than $4 Million to help children with Diabetes, create after school programs for inner city kids, support women battling breast cancer, and bring balls and sports to those who need them among other great causes. All Stars of Giving is fully congruent with all we stand for – inspired and motivated people focused on doing well by doing good”.
“Getaway2Give congratulates each of this year’s nominee’s. To perform at a high level in your professional role or job is important. Each of this year’s nominee’s is a star on or in their field of play. To have the discipline and valor to stand up for a cause is more significant. Long after the lights dim on the stadium court the crowd will remember the impact each of these stars has made on humanity. As humans we’re really all in pursuit of happiness and meaning. Contribution, or giving back, is one of the few key ingredients to a life full of lasting happiness.”
Voting begins at 10AM Pacific time on April 15, 2016 at AllStarsOfGiving.com. Anyone can vote once per day. This year’s nominees includes star athletes and personalities from across all sports. They are:
The All Stars of Giving public voting campaign has produced a great group of finalists for the 2015 All Sports United Humanitarian Award. The finalists are:
Each of these Champions deserve recognition for their outstanding contribution to the greater good. The winner will be announced at a ceremony on June 18th, 2015 in Los Angeles. All Sports United wishes to thank all of the great champions that were nominated. We also wish to thank our campaign partners GivKwik and Social Ambassador.
Please keep an eye on the campaign website for updated information about each finalist. Each of their causes are eligible to receive donations as well. Go to All Stars of Giving website for details.
In addition to the ceremony on June 18th, All Sports United and UCLA Anderson School of Business are producing a dynamic full day conference at UCLA called “Sports With A Purpose”. The event will be on June 17th at UCLA and will feature well known athletes and sports personalities as well as experts in philanthropy and technology. Conference details and list of speakers can be found at the registration link below:
We are proud to share two days of celebrating the best of sports making a difference.
“We as athletes are all presented with a great opportunity to create awareness and give back.” – Tyson Strachan
Professional ice hockey defenseman Tyson Strachan has a heart warm enough to melt the ice. Tyson has teamed up with 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida Rescue to raise awareness and save abandoned dogs in the Everglades. The organization is dedicated to ending pet homelessness, promoting responsible pet ownership and advocating for animal welfare by rescuing animals and placing them in loving homes.
Q: What would winning this award mean to you?
A: Winning this award would mean a life changing event for our charity, 100 Plus Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida. We got involved with this group because we knew that they are capable of great things, and as a newer charitable group they are in need of as much help and support as possible. The grant that comes along with winning this award would really set our group up for success. This would be the most meaningful thing to me.
Q: What would be your advice to fellow athletes looking to give back?
A: My advice to fellow athletes would be simple: We as athletes have a tremendous opportunity, through the celebrity nature of sports, to reach out to a large amount of people. I believe that with this opportunity comes a responsibility by us to use our platform to make a positive impact within our communities. Take it upon yourself to get involved in your community, to find any cause that you are passionate about, and seize the opportunities you have to make a difference.
Strachan is a finalist for the first-ever All Sports United Humanitarian Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy, with final voting and the award presentation scheduled to take place on June 10, 2013 at the Skyline Club in Indianapolis. The winner will receive a feature story here on AllSportsUnited.org and a $100,000 media grant provided by PVBLIC to provide the winner with unprecedented access to public media channels to promote his or her inspiring work. Continue to visit AllSportsUnited.org for profiles of each finalist in the days leading up to the award presentation.
“Do it from the heart, not because you want to read about it.” – Marty Lyons
For an astonishing 31 years, the Marty Lyons Foundation has granted the wishes of children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses. Over those years, Marty Lyons, a retired defensive lineman for the New York Jets, has crossed paths with many people whose lives have been touched by his foundation – parents who lost their children but were gifted special memories, and children who survived and remember the happy moments the foundation brought them during the hard days they spend battling their illness.
Today, the Marty Lyons Foundation is in 13 states, and Lyons remains involved on a daily basis. He cites inspiration from football coaches, support from the Jets organization, and interest from his former teammates as key motivators during the early days of the foundation, helping him to realize a vision that first emerged as a result of a personal experience – the death of two loved ones within days of the birth of his first son.
We spoke to Lyons about what it would mean to win the inaugural Humanitarian Award and what the future holds for the Marty Lyons Foundation:
What would winning this award mean to you?
“Any awards that I’m fortunate enough to receive are awards for the children. They are a reminder of those who lost their life at an early age, a reminder that our lives have meaning. That they weren’t just here for a short time without having an impact… so the award would have a great deal of meaning for all those children that have come through the doors of our foundation… A lot of people say they haven’t read about the foundation and they don’t realize we’ve been operating for 31 years. I try to explain why we stay with a low profile and why we do the work that we do, and every award gives us the opportunity to raise more funds and more awareness.”
What are your future plans for your philanthropic mission?
“To be honest, I hope one day I go out of business, in the sense that I hope modern medicine catches up and that we can save these children’s lives. If modern medicine can save these lives, then all the wish programs will be out of business. But until that point, I’m going to continue to help as many kids as I can in as many states as I can open up a chapter, and try to make a difference.”
Lyons is a finalist for the first-ever All Sports United Humanitarian Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy, with final voting and the award presentation scheduled to take place on June 10, 2013 at the Skyline Club in Indianapolis. The winner will receive a feature story here on AllSportsUnited.org and a $100,000 media grant provided by PVBLIC to provide the winner with unprecedented access to public media channels to promote his or her inspiring work. Continue to visit AllSportsUnited.org for profiles of each finalist in the days leading up to the award presentation.
“My whole life, I’ve been doubted. They said I couldn’t, but I did it anyway.” – Warrick Dunn
Twelve-year NFL veteran Warrick Dunn has made a tremendous impact both on and off the gridiron. During his rookie season, Warrick realized the impact of a positive image and community involvement and founded his Homes for the Holidays program. Since 1997, Homes for the Holidays has rewarded over 100 single parents and 300 children with the dream of first-time homeownership in Atlanta, Ga., Baton Rouge, La., and Tampa Bay and Tallahassee, Fla.
In 2012, Warrick Dunn Charities launched Betty’s Hope, a mobile children’s bereavement program in Baton Rouge. As a result of his efforts, Dunn has received some of the industry’s most prestigious awards, including the Ed Block Courage Award, the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, the “Whizzer” White NFL Man of the Year Award and the Bart Starr Man of the Year Award. Warrick has also partnered with a number of other professional athletes to found Athletes for Hope, a non-profit organization that helps professional athletes develop their passion for philanthropy.
We caught up with Dunn to reflect on the future for Warrick Dunn Charities and advice for other professional athletes when it comes to philanthropy:
Q: What are your future plans for your philanthropic mission?
A: Warrick Dunn Charities hopes to touch more lives not just with our programs and mission, but also by encouraging other individuals to give back. We want to continue to grow organically but also develop partnerships with NFL teams and current and past professional athletes. We want to continue to grow a long-term sustainable model and provide resources for the families that we serve. Now that we have two programs, we want to be able to continue saving and changing lives.
Q: What would be your advice to fellow athletes looking to give back?
A: I would advise them to follow their passion. We all love the games that we play. If you are truly passionate about helping someone or about a cause, get behind it and push it. It’s not always about starting your own nonprofit or charity; sometimes, it’s great to partner with people who are already doing great things.
Dunn is a finalist for the first-ever All Sports United Humanitarian Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy, with final voting and the award presentation scheduled to take place on June 10, 2013 at the Skyline Club in Indianapolis. The winner will receive a feature story here on AllSportsUnited.org and a $100,000 media grant provided by PVBLIC to provide the winner with unprecedented access to public media channels to promote his or her inspiring work. Continue to visit AllSportsUnited.org for profiles of each finalist in the days leading up to the award presentation.
“Success is determined by you and you alone. Whatever you do, do it to the best of your ability.” – Rashied Davis
As a wide receiver for the Chicago Bears, Rashied Davis went out into the Chicago community and worked with kids through a YMCA tutoring program. Comparing the kids he met to himself as a child growing up in South Central Los Angeles, Davis realized a need not only for literacy programing, but for programming that would equip Chicago youth with the tools and desire to explore their city and take advantage of the opportunities around them.
It was in this spirit that Davis founded Rashied Davis Charities and the Saturday Place program. Saturday Place provides breakfast, tutoring, field trips and workshops for Chicago area children – a chance to make the weekend both productive and enriching. The program prioritizes identifying teachers with a strong commitment to the students and the program, and has seen strong results, including both improved reading and math skills.
Davis took time out of planning a big fundraising event – “Cocktails for Brighter Futures,” scheduled for June 11 – to talk about the success of Rashied Davis Charities and Saturday Place:
How do you think you exemplify excellence in sports philanthropy?
“We’re doing a lot of things right. Our programming targets students performing at least a year below grade level. But we’re also more than a literacy program – we’re focused on developing the whole person and the whole child, so we take a holistic approach. We do field trips, bring people in to do workshops with the kids – we want to expose them to a lot of different things… And we’re learning, just like the kids, we’re learning as we go along as well. So we have our core, but we’re always adapting or adjusting the program to make it work better. We’re always thinking ‘How can we make it work better? How can we make it sustainable? How can we grow and reach more students?’”
What would be your advice to fellow athletes looking to give back?
“I would say do your research – know what you’re doing, what you want to do, what your commitment is going to be… Be passionate about it – believe in it. Be realistic about what you know and what you don’t know. Be willing to listen and take feedback… In football, we get graded every day. From the time we step in the building, we’re being graded. ‘How is Rashied’s behavior? What is he thinking about? How does he handle adversity? How does he handle a dropped ball – how does he handle a caught ball?’ So you have to learn to take feedback and be willing to make your adjustments so you can go out and be successful. And apply that same thinking to the work you do outside of football.”
Davis is a finalist for the first-ever All Sports United Humanitarian Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy, with final voting and the award presentation scheduled to take place on June 10, 2013 at the Skyline Club in Indianapolis. The winner will receive a feature story here on AllSportsUnited.org and a $100,000 media grant provided by PVBLIC to provide the winner with unprecedented access to public media channels to promote his or her inspiring work. Continue to visit AllSportsUnited.org for profiles of each finalist in the days leading up to the award presentation.