Heather Bown – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year

Heather Bown – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year

By Erik Erlendsson

Having the opportunity to put a smile on somebody else’s face is the joy that brings a smile to Heather Bown’s heart.

A busy youth filled with sports activities left Bown little time for anything other than her athletics and academics while growing up. But she always felt the pull of giving back.

Following retirement from a prosperous career in volleyball that led her to four Olympic games, Bown now gives her time to help reach youth in underserved communities helping them make transformational changes to their adult lives.

Bown works through Classroom Champions in New York, speaking and interacting with students and parents speaking about the Olympic movement and what it meant to her growing up and how it called to her as an Olympic athlete. It’s an important message for Bown to convey, knowing the path that she took as a young athlete and understanding what it took for her to reach her goals despite the challenges facing her. Now, with today’s youth facing more obstacles, Bown takes gratification in finding any small way to assist then in confronting their issues.

Bown also donates her time to reach kids through the U.S. State Department as a United States Sport Envoy, recently spending 14 days in Micronesia visiting schools and sports clinics. She also spends time with kids at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in South Florida through the Athletes for Hope program.

A competitive swimmer and volleyball player while growing up, Bown eventually steered toward volleyball which led her to be a part of four USA Olympic teams from 2000 to 2012. She won a silver medal with the 2008 team in Beijing, China.

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The direct link to Heather’s page is https://asu.givkwik.com/HeatherBown

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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