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2014 Humanitarian Award Voting Is Open!

Voting is now open for the 2014 All Sports United Humanitarian Award.  The voting and contribution system has been created in partnership with GivKwik.

Vote for your favorite candidate up to 3 times per day.  Public voting determines the top 10 finalists for this year’s award.

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Humanitarian Award 2014 Nominations Are Open

All Sports United Now Accepting Nominations for 2nd Humanitarian Award

Award honors a professional athlete’s excellence in philanthropy

 

All Sports United announced the opening of nominations for its second annual Humanitarian Award, a prize that honors an outstanding professional athlete for his or her philanthropic work. The nomination and voting process will culminate in an award ceremony scheduled for June 23 at the Mid-America Club in Chicago, IL. Anyone can nominate his or her favorite sports philanthropist from February 3rd to March 10th.

This year’s campaign, now dubbed the “All Stars of Giving Challenge,” will utilize an enhanced social media campaign created in partnership with Givkwik, a mission driven technology firm based in San Francisco. Fans will be encouraged to vote over multiple rounds in order to narrow down the field of possible winners to ten finalists, called the “All Stars of Giving.” Fans can also share news of their votes on social media as well as contribute their own funds to increase the size of the financial prizes for the favorite nonprofit organizations of the ten “All Stars.”

All Sports United expects to receive over one hundred nominations from many of the fifty-four recognized sports in the United States, expanding awareness of sports philanthropy and celebrating the contributions of all athletes. Last year’s campaign received over 150,000 votes cast by fans through social media and the inaugural award was presented on June 9, 2013 to then-Chicago Bears defensive lineman Israel Idonije. The Israel Idonije Foundation was awarded a $100,000 media grant courtesy of the PVBLIC Foundation to fund ongoing media campaigns to raise awareness and raise funds.

“For years, sports personalities have graced the news with stories of excellence, but in recent years, scandal and defeat seem more likely to grab headlines,” said All Sports United Co-Founder Scott Manthorne. “By recognizing the efforts of deserving sports philanthropists, we can bring more positive news, highlighting the amazing work of athletes and promoting best practices for athletes’ foundations.” “The end result,” adds Co-Founder Alan Pavlosky, “will be that countless lives will be affected in a positive way by leveraging the platform of professional sports.”

 

Nominate your favorite athlete at the following link:

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All Sports United Hosts SuperBowl Philanthropy Workshop

All Sports United is holding its first ever Sports Philanthropy Initiative Workshop this Friday in New York.  Expert philanthropic minds together with athletes and foundations will participate in this best-practices collaboration experience.

Workshop consists of the panel discussions listed below:

Panel: The State of Sports Philanthropy - Moderator Melissa Mahler, Pro Player Insiders; Panelists: Lisa Delpy, George Washington University; David Meltzer, Sports1 Marketing; David Nelson, WR-New York Jets; Tara Schwartz, NBA

Panel: PR and Brand Management Benefits of Philanthropy - Moderator Alan Pavlosky, Sixthman/All Sports United; Panelists: Bonnie Upright, Olympus Foundation Management; Madieu Williams, NFL Saftey and ASU Humantarian Finalist 2013; Bridgett Coates, Exposure BBC; Drayton Florence, CB-Carolina Panthers; Jonathan Herman, Allan Houston Legacy Foundation

Panel: Social Media and Online Fundraising - Moderator: Rob Vaka, Give2Get Collection; Sergio F De Cordova, PVBLIC Foundation; Jason Rosado, GivKwik; Polly Craik, Social Ambassador; Bobby Maylock, Prizeo

Admission to this workshop is by invitation only.  If interested, send email to management@allsportsunited.org.

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All Sports United Humanitarian Award Winner: Israel Idonije

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:

Will Allen

Swin Cash

Rashied Davis

Warrick Dunn

Israel Idonije *

Charles Johnson *

Tyrone Keys *

Nick Lowery

Marty Lyons

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.

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Will Allen – 2013 Humanitarian Award Finalist Profile

Will Allen formed the Will Allen Foundation in 2008, and the organization has traveled with him from Tampa Bay, where he played for the Buccaneers, to Pittsburgh, where he joined the Steelers. The foundation’s programs also reach Allen’s hometown of Dayton, Ohio. The organization taps into a number of highly successful programs to advance the goal of removing barriers for area youth, enabling them to “achieve their personal best” and “better themselves, their families and their communities.”

The Quest for Real Life Success program, in place since the foundation was formed, provides students with real life experiences to prepare them for what they’ll experience after graduating high school. The Quest program’s job readiness angle is reinforced by the Will Allen Foundation’s The Big Play program, started in 2011, which channels donations from professional athletes in the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL to provide suits to young men in need. High school students and young veterans are among those outfitted by the program.

Allen 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.

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Jeremy Staat – 2013 Humanitarian Award Finalist Profile

“I want a legacy that isn’t in sacks or tackles – I want to leave a legacy of the relationships I built and the lives I affected.” – Jeremy Staat

Jeremy Staat’s philanthropic work is as varied – and yet as deeply interconnected – as the elements of his own story. Staat played defensive tackle in the NFL and the Arena Football League before leaving professional football to join the Marine Corps in 2006. Today, Staat is no longer playing football in Pittsburgh. He’s no longer serving in Iraq. He is living in his hometown of Bakersfield, California, and pursuing the dream of “leaving the world better than we found it.”

The Jeremy Staat Foundation aims to combat veteran suicide and to create opportunities for young people to pursue vocational interests. Staat’s programming includes bringing veterans into schools to tell their stories – an opportunity that proves therapeutic for the veterans and deeply thought-provoking for the students, saving money for schools that would otherwise pay thousands of dollars for speakers.

Staat spoke about his vision and the importance of taking it to the national level, sharing just how many dreams he has and how passionate he is about realizing them:

Q: What would winning this award mean to you?
A:
This award would be huge for us. It would allow us to take our message to a whole new level, nationally. It’s not about the money – it’s about saving these lives. If I could get to all corners of the U.S. and say “It’s ok for us to talk about this – it’s ok for us to talk about suicide,” we could start to save these lives. The award would allow us to get our message out there even further and push forward with our cause.

Q: What are your future plans for your philanthropic mission?
A:
If we had the funds, I would love to open up a charter school for the industrial arts. I would love to open up a boxing center, based on the Marine Corps principles, to fight obesity and have it be free for kids up to age 18. I’d love to open a welding academy to spark education around the art of welding. I’d love to put on free sports camps. I’d love to do all these things and more – we’re only bounded by funds.

Staat 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.

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Chris Waddell – 2013 Humanitarian Award Finalist Profile

“As a paralympic athlete, I had two jobs: one was to compete and try to win, but the other job was to try to stretch the imagination for the whole population.” – Chris Waddell

As the most decorated male skier in paralympic history, a compelling motivational speaker and a passionate advocate for any and all who face adversity – whether or not through a physical disability – Chris Waddell has made it his life’s work to spread the word about “the resilience of the human condition.” His personal story – a skiing accident during Waddell’s college years left him paralyzed from the waist down, but in 2009 he became the first paraplegic to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro unassisted –  has, in itself, been an inspiration to many.

Waddell’s organization, One Revolution, seeks to “change the way that the world sees people with disabilities by demonstrating the common experience of challenge.” The organization’s first undertaking, Waddell’s historic climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro, was documented through an award-winning documentary. Since then, Waddell and his team have continued to provide inspiration, raising awareness that, as the organization likes to say, “It’s not what happens to you. It’s what you do with what happens to you.”

Waddell shed light on what comes after Mt. Kilimanjaro and how athletes can maximize their efforts to give back:

Q: What are your future plans for your philanthropic mission?
A:
We’re taking our message on the road. We’re doing a bike ride from Seattle to San Diego – the “Who’s Your Hero” tour – joined by a variety of different people on the way and doing educational presentations. Sometimes we as individuals don’t take a chance to stop and see the people along the way – and when we do that we lose the chance to affect change and be changed as we move along. Our trip will celebrate stories of resilience an community and integrity, gathering stories from the local community to highlight along the route.

Q: What would be your advice to fellow athletes looking to give back?
A:
It’s really easy as an athlete to get so myopic in your view of the world… Find a way to make what you’re doing really important for somebody else other than yourself, and coincidentally you end up becoming much more successful. There’s something to be said for competing for other people – instead of just for you – that sometimes that pain doesn’t hurt as much. Sometimes the times you want to stop what you’re doing, you realize “I’m doing it for somebody else – it’s not just about me.” And you keep going.

Waddell 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.

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Madieu Williams – 2013 Humanitarian Award Finalist Profile

“Protect your vision, and as you grow within your organization there might be times when things change, but what your vision is doesn’t change at all.” – Madieu Williams

Every week – even during the NFL season – Madieu Williams attends the after school program held by The Madieu Williams Foundation. He believes that his presence communicates to the kids how important the program is, and how seriously he – and they – need to take it. It’s the kind of discipline that an athlete brings to the table, and that translates to a foundation’s vision, in this case a focus on education, health and fitness for underprivileged youth in the U.S. and in Williams’ native Sierra Leone.

The foundation prides itself on the partnerships that enable it to undertake a growing range of projects, like the University of Maryland’s sustainability engineers and Engineers Without Borders, who dreamed up a program to install solar panels at a school in Sierra Leone, which itself was built by the foundation in partnership with the Segal Foundation and the MASS Design Group.

Whether building a school in Sierra Leone or implementing a summer reading program in Prince George’s County, Maryland, the foundation is driven forward by a strong vision and a solid structure. Williams and foundation Executive Director Dahlia Levin spoke about the keys to the foundation’s success and the importance of passion for your cause:

Q: How do you think you exemplify excellence in sports philanthropy?
Williams:
As an athlete and someone who’s been doing this for a long time, I don’t take a lot of credit for what we’ve done. I’ve been lucky to have partners and volunteers that have helped me achieve some of these goals for the foundation. My goal is to do the best that we can, to be as sound as possible in all areas, and more importantly just to be sustainable as an organization. For me, being a sustainable organization is the key as far as exemplifying excellence.
Levin: The sports world is so unstable, so when you build a legacy it’s something that you can have and build upon and use as a good model – something that stays in place.

Q: What would be your advice to fellow athletes looking to give back?
Williams:
You have to understand the landscape. Understand what you would like to do – what you’re passionate about. Start where your heart is. You have to protect that, and that’s what’s going to drive you and motivate you, and set the tone for what your mission statement will be. It’s very important to have that vision in place, because when you have to articulate what that vision is, you have to be able to do that or other people won’t be able to buy into what you’re selling.
Levin: If you don’t find the thing you can talk about forever, you’re not going to be able to do it. Make sure it’s what you want to do. Make sure you’re passionate about it.

Williams 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.

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Israel Idonije – 2013 Humanitarian Award Finalist Profile

Service should be fun. Do what you can, with what you have.” – Israel Idonije

In 2007, Israel Idonije founded The Israel Idonije Foundation to serve underprivileged children living in “all the places he has called home” – Western Africa, where he was born, Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he moved at the age of four, and now Chicago, Illinois. Idonije’s “Dream Big” approach to life is as evident in his role as a defensive end in the NFL as in the rapid growth and deep impact of his foundation.

The Israel Idonije Foundation’s events and programs include a day of community building that joins together Chicago-area youth and local police officers, a football and cheerleading camp for 350 kids from underserved communities in Chicago and Winnipeg, an annual humanitarian trip to Western Africa, and a Chicago-based after-school program to provide a safe and constructive place for teens to spend time on weekday afternoons.

Idonije shared his thoughts on best practices in sports philanthropy and hinted at the foundation’s bold plans for the future:

Q: How does your work exemplify excellence in sports philanthropy?
A:
I have learned that excellence in sports starts with commitment to the vision and commitment to doing the work the right way. I know that our team at The Israel Idonije Foundation is committed to our vision and to the work needed to impact the lives of the youth in our community. We will continue to be good stewards of the resources we are fortunate to have as well as set an example of excellence for organizations working along our side.

Q:  What are your future plans for your philanthropic mission?
A:
Our focus is to impact through the platform of social and emotional development. The hope is that every child understands that they have a gift, they have a place in the community, and with a plan for their lives and a commitment to making the right choices they can achieve their dreams. In the future we will not only run the current programs to help our children realize their gifts and plan for their futures but ultimately we will provide real life work opportunities that transfer into community strengthening careers.

Idonije 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.

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Swin Cash – 2013 Humanitarian Award Finalist Profile

“I live by the creed, ‘To whom much is given, much is required.’” – Swin Cash

She is one of only six women to have won an NCAA Championship, WNBA Championship, FIBA World Championship and an Olympic Gold Medal, and is only the second player in WNBA history to win multiple All-Star MVP awards. But there is more to Swin Cash than her performance on the court. She is the Founder of Cash for Kids, a charity with the mission of using sports and cultural activities to “motivate, educate, and elevate” youth in the communities where Swin grew up (McKeesport, PA, and Pittsburgh, PA), where she lives (Atlanta, GA), and where she plays (Chicago, IL and Dongguan, China).  Cash is also the founder of Cash Building Blocks, an urban development company that renovates and offers affordable homes for low-income families. Cash’s dedication to giving back led to her induction to the Boys & Girls Club Alumnae Hall of Fame and her selection as a two-time winner of the WNBA Community Assist Award.

Q: Why or how do you think you exemplify excellence in sports philanthropy?
A: I believe that I exemplify excellence in sports philanthropy because I don’t just talk the talk; I wholeheartedly engage with my kids and the programs we put on for Cash For Kids – it’s not about just sending a check. Since its inception, Cash For Kids has operated with less than $25,000 in funding, but has had a huge impact in the areas we currently serve – where I grew up, where I live and where I play.

Q: If selected, how will you be using your media grant?
A: Winning this award would mean that I could now take what I’ve built for Cash For Kids and expand it across the country with additional backing. Cash For Kids uses sports and cultural activities to motivate, educate and elevate kids whose motto is “BELIEVE, ACHIEVE, THEN LEAD!” Cash for Kids is committed to providing the essential tools – on and off the court – for kids to “get in the game.” I also had a vision to develop a mentoring program for middle-school aged girls. Recognizing the impact that Title IX has had on my life, I created Sport-It Girl as a program that would honor the 40th Anniversary of Title IX by partnering with Girls in the Game to identify & work with 40 girls from the Chicago Public Schools. I specifically wanted girls who demonstrated leadership promise and a commitment to giving back. The program provides long-term mentoring of and programming specifically for these girls.

Cash 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.

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