The first annual Humanitarian Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy was voted on and presented Monday, June 10th at 7 p.m. at the Skyline Club in downtown Indianapolis, IN. Clark Kellogg of CBS Sports and the Indiana Pacers was the host the inaugural event. Many of the finalists were in attendance at the Humanitarian Award gathering and presentation to engage peers and philanthropy industry professionals who voted to decide the winner. The finalists are listed alphabetically below with (*) indicating those in attendance or represented by a team member:
Israel Idonije *
Charles Johnson *
Tyrone Keys *
Jeremy Staat *
Chris Waddell *
Madieu Williams *
The winner was announced as NFL Veteran Israel Idonije who will be receiving a customized $100,000 media grant provided by PVBLIC. The PVBLIC Foundation harnesses the power of unused media assets such as billboards, bus shelters or magazine pages to drive social change by increasing issue awareness around important causes as well as empower organizations to create campaigns with a measurable impact.
The night was an inspirational display of philanthropic achievement and fellowship amongst the finalists and participants seeking to change lives for the betterment of the greater good. The second place finisher former NFL player and retired Marine Corps veteran Jeremy Staat missed winning the award by only one point. In a surprise twist, All Sports United was granted an additional $100,000 award by PVBLIC Director Rachel Gerrol to be awarded to Jeremy Staat. In total $200,000 in media grants were awarded.
All Sports United wishes to congratulate all of the finalists who were each featured in video or personal statement during the evening. Those finalists made the final cut from a field of 39 nominees and their accomplishments are truly life changing. Co-Founders Alan Pavlosky and Scott Manthorne stated that All Sports United intends to pursue expansion of benefits to athletes working for the greater good. All Sports United provides educational resources and support initiatives to support the entire Sports Philanthropy Community.
Israel Idonije and Jeremy Staat are fine examples of putting service before self and All Sports United is proud to assist them in their efforts to change lives.