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 or ice time. Davis has combined that passion with the importance of education to help support the Figure Skating in Harlem program which will now branch out to her home state with Figure Skating in Detroit, thanks to support from Davis.

Through the program, 300 hundred girls age 6-15 will take part in the afterschool program that not only teaches girls the mechanics and discipline of figure skating but implements an educational regiment that offers STEM classes, leadership and social skills training and healthy lifestyle resources through the ICE (I Can Excel) program.

Davis, who partnered with Charlie White to form the most successful Ice Dancing team in U.S. Skating history, grew up in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan. She picked up skating at the age of five and was paired with White at the age of eight. It was around that time that the Davis was also diagnosed with dyslexia, which she struggled with until her junior year of high school but overcame the disability to graduate as a member of the National Honor Society.

During her career partnered with White, Davis won three Olympic medals, including gold in ice dancing in 2014 and silver in 2010. The pair also won two World Championship gold medals in 2011 and 2013 and two silvers in 2010 and 2012. Davis and White also won six consecutive U.S. championships from 2009-2014. The pair retired from competition following the 2014 Olympics but skate professionally on tours.

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The direct link to Meryl’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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