Bas Rutten – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year

Bas Rutten – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year

By Erik Erlendsson

Turning childhood adversities in to causes as an adult often drives those who suffered.

Mixed Martial Artist Bas Rutten experienced childhood being bullied by other kids due to the effects of a skin disorder, eczema, while also dealing with severe asthma. Now as an accomplished professional fighter, Rutten devotes time and energy to helping kids with similar disorders to ensure they can experience a better childhood than he endured.

Rutten is an active participant in raising funds and awareness for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. In addition, Rutten works with Cartoon Network as a “Fitness Guru’’ to encourage kids to get active at a young age while also participating in an anti-bullying campaign on the television network ensuring he is able to deliver his message to as many kids as he can reach. The prize-winning fighter also makes donations to other organizations that benefit children, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

A second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and Karate as well as a fifth-degree in Kyokushin Karate, Rutten was a three-time World Champion in MMA and was inducted in to the UFC Hall of Fame in 2015. At the time of his retirement he was riding a 22-match unbeaten streak (21 victories, one draw) and his significant strike accuracy of 70.6 percent, measured by FightMetric, was the highest ever recorded.

Bas Rutten has been nominated for this year’s All Stars of Giving Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award.  He is being recognized for his outstanding achievements as a humanitarian.  The top ten finalists are determined by public voting at You can support your favorite nominee in this campaign by favoriting, donating, tweeting and joining his/her team with a chance to be recognized as one of his/her top supporters.  Starting Friday, June 9, you can also come back daily to “Boost” your favorite daily.  Fans receive points for joining a team, donating, tweeting, boosting or responding to “ do-gooder challenges”.

The direct link to Bas’s page is

About the award: Started in 2013 by Alan Pavlosky and Scott Manthorne, Co-Founders of All Sports United, the Most Valuable Philanthropist seeks to recognize the effort of deserving sports philanthropists each year and bring positive news while highlighting the amazing charitable work of many in the sports community.  The winner of the award will receive $10,000 to his or her charity of choice.  The campaign is supported by technology partners Givkwik and xocial.  Each of the partners plays a crucial role in executing the campaign.  Special Thanks to All Sports United Supporter Jeff Tutor for his contributions to the campaign.

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