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Matt Light Named All Sports United’s 2014 Humanitarian Award Recipient

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All Sports United (@allsportsu) announced today that retired NFL lineman Matt Light has been honored as the winner of the 2014 Humanitarian Award today, a prize given annually to an outstanding professional athlete for excellence in philanthropy. Light’s nonprofit organization, The Light Foundation, will receive a $100,000 prize package to further its mission and public exposure.

“I’ve been doing this for over a decade, working alongside people who tirelessly give their time,” Light said. “For all the people that do that, this night is all about them. It’s such an honor and such a humbling moment. It’s just incredible.”

The Light Foundation will receive assets and services donated by Media Cause, Auction Cause, Social Ambassador, Pro Player Insiders, G2G Collection, and BiTHouse.

Light was selected out of a group of 40 nominations for the award. Twelve finalists, as determined by the results of a month-long online vote, converged in Chicago for a ceremony where a panel decided the winner. Other notable finalists included Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks), Bill Belichick (New England Patriots), Allison Baver (Olympic speed skater) and Isiah Thomas (National Basketball Association).

“We’re very proud of all of our finalists, “All Sports United Co-Founder Alan Pavlosky said. “They’ve all presented themselves extremely well and have put in hard work. Matt Light couldn’t make us more proud as our winner. He’s very humble, shies away from self-promotion and works very hard to help people. It’s his calling and our calling to recognize him.”

The Light Foundation (@LightFoundation) gives at-risk youth “a better chance at leading healthy lives by using the great outdoors to learn and grow.” Since its inception in 2001, Light, the foundation’s staff and numerous volunteers have worked together to guide youth through challenging periods in their lives. Based on a nearly 500-acre facility in Ohio, the Light Foundation welcomes any foundation working with youth to use it facility for free.

Light’s charitable acts capture the essence of All Sports United’s mission to have sports philanthropies share resources and collaborate for the greater good. To join Light’s cause visit www.mattlight72.com.

“The people here tonight,” Light said, “are those who want to share the knowledge that they’ve gained from giving back. For me to be able to hear from the other finalists about the work they do and how inspirational it is, it highlights the fact that in a world where competition is key, there are large communities that are out there that are dedicated to finding ways to make real impact. Through All Sports United, we can share that knowledge and create a much more engaging way to provide opportunities for athletes to make an impact.”

For more event coverage, search #asumakingadifference on Twitter.

All Sports United aims to elevate the overall success of athletes dedicated to giving back. The organization uses a variety of social platforms, such as keynotes, workshops, and panel discussions, to educate, collaborate, and innovate, while facilitating high-level discussions. For more information on All Sports United and its Sports Philanthropy Initiative, visit www.allsportsunited.org.

- Special to All Sports United
Correspondent Anthony Baldini

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Humanitarian Award Finalist: Matt Light

“When it comes to giving back, every guy has their role.”

Retired NFL lineman Matt Light knows about teamwork. As a three-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots, he’s seen the results of what happens when eleven men work in sync towards a common goal. With his attention now turned to the nonprofit world as the founder of the Matt Light Foundation, he’s using teamwork in the community to change the lives of at-risk youth.

The Matt Light Foundation only employs three people year-round, but it still takes on projects simultaneously across the U.S. thanks to a heavy volunteer base. The public support is what Light is most proud of, and it allows his guidance to sink in with the kids he takes in annually.

“Taking in 16 freshmen and graduating 16 seniors each year, we have a four-year period where we get to know them better than we could through one-time interactions,” Light said in a recent interview. “I’ll go visit them in their cities, make weekly calls, and we have people that check in on them on a weekly basis to keep them on track.”

Light further encourages an attitude of teamwork by making his beautiful 500-acre Ohio facility open free of charge to any nonprofit organization that works with kids. His belief in sharing resources personifies All Sports United’s core message of collaboration, and it’s a primary reason why he’s a finalist for the 2014 Humanitarian Award. For Light, winning the $100,000 award package would help sustain his organization’s progress.

“When I was a player, I told the board ‘We’re going to grow the organization as fast as we can, and then sustain it after I retire.’ Our endowment is our number one priority right now. With so many nonprofits trying to vie for dollars, something like this with an organization receiving $100,000 is an incredible opportunity. Whether we get it or not, the recognition for the people on the team that have put in all the work is an honor to have.”

When the Matt Light Foundation became a nonprofit in 2002, Light looked to learn the business side of philanthropy first. He found out through the years that running a foundation is a full-time job, so when he was a veteran player he did everything he could to discourage players from starting a foundation early in their careers. He advised them instead to first get involved in a nonprofit and learn how it works, then think about what they want to do down the road.

Taking a learn-first approach has several advantages for athletes, but Light feels it benefits them the most by giving them the opportunity to learn what their role is in philanthropy. Conveniently, there are similarities that can be drawn between a player’s position in football and the type of person they might be in a business setting.

“Linemen are the workhorses of the organization that you count on to do the heavy lifting.” Light said. “A quarterback is the ultimate manager. The running backs are like IT process guys, able to multi-task and serve in a variety of roles. The receivers are your sales guys that are telling you ‘throw me the ball.’

“Everyone is different in what works best for them. I played with a lot of guys without a foundation, but they bought $20,000 auction items everywhere they went.”

Light enjoys the management aspect and the ability to “make things happen.” It’s the reason he decided to make a change from the traditional model of athlete-driven nonprofits – what he describes as a through-way – to his current model of complete control.

“Most player nonprofits gather money and then send it out. You host an event around a cause, invite athletes and celebrities, raise money through tickets and auction items, and then put the funds towards some other charity.”

Things weren’t working out for Light in that model, and he knew that if he controlled every aspect at his own facility instead, he could see through the entire process to make sure money raised is having the impact it should. He described this difference as key for his foundation, which is leadership-based and dependent on long-term interaction with youth.

Light was a leader on the line for the Patriots, so his approach comes as no surprise. His ability to keep things in perspective furthers him as a person and has indirectly improved the lives of youth for over a decade.

“Anyone who is looking to give to the nonprofit world is looking to make a difference. Athletes are no different; they’re fulfilling the need to make things better than they were yesterday. If you’re able to do something you enjoy for a living and have a long, successful career, you’re grateful to have that opportunity.”

Matt Light is a finalist for the 2014 All Sports United Humanitarian Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy, with final voting and the award presentation scheduled to take place on June 23, 2014 at a private ceremony in Chicago, IL. The winner will receive a feature story here on AllSportsUnited.org and donated services from our provider partners worth over $100,000.  All Sports United is still accepting donations to support all of the finalists’ charities in association with our campaign partner GivKwik.  Please support the campaign with whatever you can afford at our “All Stars of Giving” campaign website at www.givkwik.com/ASU.  Your tax-deductible donation will support all of these fine causes.  Continue to visit AllSportsUnited.org for profiles of each finalist in the days leading up to the award presentation.

- Special to All Sports United
Correspondent Anthony Baldini

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Humanitarian Award Finalist: Malcolm Jenkins

Malcolm Jenkins is a rising NFL star. At 26, the All-Pro defensive back has already reached his sport’s pinnacle as a member of the 2009 Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. Twice named a defensive captain, his leadership qualities are well documented and led the Philadelphia Eagles to making him their primary free-agent target this offseason. Trading in his black and gold for green and black, he now looks to help bring the Eagles an elusive championship title.

Jenkins is a dedicated leader and learner, but his impact on the field is also rivaled by his charitable giving off it. Recognizing his position as an athlete to create social good, he founded the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation in 2010 to improve the lives of youth.

“We have a unique opportunity as athletes to impact people, especially youth who look up to us,” Jenkins said in a recent interview.

Through initiatives like free youth football camps, scholarship grants, and surprise holiday dinner donations, Jenkins has become a community pillar in New Orleans. But his giving doesn’t stop there. From his hometown of Piscataway, New Jersey, to his days as an Ohio State Buckeye in Columbus, to his latest stop in the City of Brotherly Love, building character and success in youth has becoming part of his identity.

“I’m surprised how far I’ve come as an individual. When I came out of high school I couldn’t have written this out. I see the impact that people like my parents, my high school football coaches, and all the people who brought me up had on me on a daily basis, and I know I can impact others.”

He did exactly that during the first year of his youth football camp, challenging a troubled, talented teenage boy to a one-on-one competition. If the teen – while being covered by Jenkins – could catch two out of three passes thrown his way, Jenkins would give him the cleats off his feet. If not, the teen would have to do the same.

He caught two.

“The impact that had on him was night and day. His high school coaches told me he became a leader and his confidence went up. He came to camp the next year and he was that leader, he was getting guys lined up and teaching them.”

This year around 400 kids will participate in Jenkins’ New Jersey camp, meaning there’ll be ample opportunity to create more life-changing moments. And thanks to a new foundation partnership, this year’s camp participants will receive vouchers for free NFL-grade concussion tests. It’s just one of the many ways that Jenkins is pairing with existing platforms to make the largest impact possible. It’s a smart approach, and one that perfectly aligns with All Sports United’s ideal of sports philanthropies working together. As a result, Jenkins is a finalist for All Sport United’s 2014 Humanitarian Award.

“I know first-hand how athletes working together for a common cause is the best and the right thing to do. There’s strength in numbers and working together can take your efforts even further in a more significant way and impact more people.

“I remember when two of my former Saints colleagues came up with the idea to partner with the United Way to start a program (Hope for the Holidays) to build homes for families in New Orleans displaced by Hurricane Katrina. United Way helped to identify partners to match funds players contributed and donate supplies. The first year, two homes were built. I joined the effort and donated funds the following year, along with three more players and that year we built four homes. The year after that, we built eight and up-to-date over 15 homes have been built. It’s a good feeling to help to provide a place for the displaced families to call home again.”

There is no doubt that athletes can come together to great things. Still, the time-demanding nature of being a professional athlete is a deterrent for those interested in undertaking philanthropic activities. To balance being the best he can be on and off the field, Jenkins says it takes a team and it takes planning. He points to his mom, the president of his foundation, for putting his ideas into action, and takes the same approach to charity as he does to football.

“Have the same effort you’d put into your preparation for your game and put it into the preparation for your philanthropy.”

As Jenkins looks to improve existing programs he already has in place, he looks forward to making new partnerships that will extend their reach into new cities. In July, his foundation will begin a new partnership with Feed the Children, and it’s sure to be as successful as his other causes.

With a long list of accomplishments behind him and still a bright future to come, look for Jenkins to continue leading on the field and in the community for years to come.

Malcolm Jenkins is a finalist for the 2014 All Sports United Humanitarian Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy, with final voting and the award presentation scheduled to take place on June 23, 2014 at a private ceremony in Chicago, IL. The winner will receive a feature story here on AllSportsUnited.org and donated services from our provider partners worth over $100,000.  All Sports United is still accepting donations to support all of the finalists’ charities in association with our campaign partner GivKwik.  Please support the campaign with whatever you can afford at our “All Stars of Giving” campaign website at www.givkwik.com/ASU.  Your tax-deductable donation will support all of these fine causes.  Continue to visit AllSportsUnited.org for profiles of each finalist in the days leading up to the award presentation.

- Special to All Sports United
Correspondent Anthony Baldini

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Humanitarian Award Finalist: Kevin Daley

Kevin Daley’s passion for basketball guided him through a famed 10-year career with the Harlem Globetrotters. As a daring dunker and incredible athlete, he pushed himself to overcome new challenges on a regular basis. Bringing smiles to crowds across the world can be a tough task, but his positive outlook, strong work ethic and creativity kept him on top of his game.

Although his playing days are behind him, Daley is still committed to bringing joy to others. Recognizing his influence as an athlete and applying it to philanthropy, he created The Kevin Daley Youth Foundation to increase awareness of bullying and help give confidence back to victimized children. Through motivational speeches, school interactions and one-on-one sessions, Daley is attacking the issue of bullying with the authority of a high-flying jam.

“I’ve traveled all over the world,” Daley said in a recent interview, “and everywhere I went the kids were all the same. They were having struggles in certain areas, and one of the areas was bullying. I met so many kids with this problem and I felt I should be doing something about it.”

His feelings were solidified during a Globetrotter autograph session when he was approached by a mother and her son. The mother whispered in Daley’s ear that her son had recently attempted suicide, which especially struck Daley on a personal note: His mother committed suicide when he was just three years old.

Daley stayed in contact with the family, and eventually they spent a weekend together going to a theme park and bonding through basketball. It was a life-changing experience for the boy.

“He was just happy and we had a great time. Throughout the years we’ve kept in contact, and when I saw him a few months ago he was a different kid. He’s happy, he keeps his head up and he’s confident. His mom told me that it’s all because of me that he’s like that now. That’s big.”

Daley’s desire to help kids can be heard in his voice when tells his stories of helping others. He knows that the passion he had for playing basketball has turned into the fuel driving him in his philanthropic work, and he embraces it. Charity is a love, just like basketball, and he gives it everything he has to offer.

Bullying is a pressing issue in schools around America, but according to Daley it hasn’t received the attention it’s due. Daley plans to change that by growing his foundation and creating new programs across the map. By adding a few like-minded philanthropists to the foundation, getting school faculty everywhere educated about how to deal with bullying is an obtainable goal.

Daley’s vision, along with his demonstrated impact and his belief in the power of teamwork, has made him a finalist for All Sport United’s Humanitarian Award.

“As athletes it’s our responsibility to get involved in something positive for the community. When we signed up to play ball that might not have been what came to our minds, but we all see that we have a voice and have a passion. What’s important is you don’t just bring that passion on the court, you bring it off it too.”

Kevin Daley is a finalist for the 2014 All Sports United Humanitarian Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy, with final voting and the award presentation scheduled to take place on June 23, 2014 at a private ceremony in Chicago, IL. The winner will receive a feature story here on AllSportsUnited.org and donated services from our provider partners worth over $100,000.  All Sports United is still accepting donations to support all of the finalists’ charities in association with our campaign partner GivKwik.  Please support the campaign with whatever you can afford at our “All Stars of Giving” campaign website at www.givkwik.com/ASU.  Your tax-deductable donation will support all of these fine causes.  Continue to visit AllSportsUnited.org for profiles of each finalist in the days leading up to the award presentation.

- Special to All Sports United
Correspondent Anthony Baldini

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Humanitarian Award Finalist: Allison Baver

Athletes are inspirational figures in society. Their determination to achieve greatness transcends gender, age and race; their public stories of failure and triumph unfold before the captivated eyes of millions. But where do athletes find inspiration? For Allison Baver, her drive to achieve excellence in sports philanthropy is faith-driven. But the Olympic speed skating medalist has received some timely extra pushes along the way.

In 2006, when Baver’s grandmother was dying of lung cancer, Baver visited an area of North Pennsylvania where kids hang out on street corners and after-school sports are non-existent. It was there that Baver witnessed something that set her philanthropic wheels into motion.

“I wanted to donate to lung cancer for my grandmother, but I knew that with my limited resources I would barely make a dent on my own. So there I was in North Pennsylvania, looking for a way to help, and I see a guy rollerskating backwards down the street with a boombox on his shoulder. It just clicked.”

Drawing from her childhood memory of skating on Fisher Price wheels, she became inspired to skate with kids. The basis for Off the Ice Foundation was established. Baver set a goal to start the foundation before the 2010 Olympics and win a gold medal, but initial funding derailed her from her path.

“I had reached out to an organization about community funding and they were very discouraging. They were like ‘Do you know how hard it is? You’re not a global icon like Yao Ming.’ They weren’t looking at it from a glass-half-full perspective. I was bummed and started crying.”

When Baver broke her leg in 2009, it further derailed her from her goal. With most of her time and energy focused on recovery, doubts crept in. Not wanting to jinx anything, she seldom talked about the foundation, only vaguely mentioning it to a few reporters shortly before the 2010 Olympics. That was all it took.

“I was having a really bad day on the ice, and afterwards I walked right to the locker room with my skates on – that’s something I never do. I was just sitting there upset after practice, when I opened this fan letter from a little girl in fifth grade in Chicago. She wanted to start a foundation like me to help other little girls, and I was like ‘O.K., it’s 11 a.m., how much time do I have before rehab?’ I called Giving Back Funds and said ‘I need to make this happen,’ and we did.”

Baver went on to win a bronze medal, and Off the Ice has since become a growing movement to “Achieve Great Things.” Going beyond one-time donations, Off the Ice works with schools to establish motivational programs that keep kids continuously involved in skating. It’s all in Baver’s vision to have her foundation self-sustaining, a philosophy that she says will allow her to expand her donation reach to hundreds of other schools. With a new partnership with Rollerblade already secured and monthly skate-night fundraisers in the works, her next goal is within reach.

“Sports philanthropy has become a part of my day. I believe that success is a habit that you create; each day I set a goal of taking a phone call or doing something that’s giving back in some way. And I don’t do it for myself, it’s all for a bigger purpose. Something hits you one day that being an athlete isn’t about winning medals: It’s about being a hero and giving back. That’s what sports are about.”

That daily commitment has made Baver a finalist for All Sports United’s Humanitarian Award, a process she called rewarding and one that will have a lasting impact on future generations.

“There was a time I signed autographs for every kid at a school. The very last girl in line came up to me, and after I signed something for her I looked at her and smiled, and she looked me dead in the eyes and said ‘you’re my hero.’ I said I think my job here is done for the day! To think just by signing an autograph that would have an impact on a little girl.”

As for athletes interested in becoming philanthropists themselves, Baver encourages them to think broad, work across sports, and come together annually to do something big. In other words, follow All Sports United’s mission to create a unified athlete community.

“Think really big and give with all your heart. We all have the same purpose in the end: changing lives and inspiring others.”

Allison Baver is a finalist for the 2014 All Sports United Humanitarian Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy, with final voting and the award presentation scheduled to take place on June 23, 2014 at a private ceremony in Chicago, IL. The winner will receive a feature story here on AllSportsUnited.org and donated services from our provider partners worth over $100,000.  All Sports United is still accepting donations to support all of the finalists’ charities in association with our campaign partner GivKwik.  Please support the campaign with whatever you can afford at our “All Stars of Giving” campaign website at www.givkwik.com/ASU.  Your tax-deductible donation will support all of these fine causes.  Continue to visit AllSportsUnited.org for profiles of each finalist in the days leading up to the award presentation.

- Special to All Sports United
Correspondent Anthony Baldini

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Humanitarian Award Finalist: Steven Payne

“This organization gives the greatest gift, the gift of life.” – Steven Payne

Hockey is a sport played at a near-chaotic pace, but Steven Payne had the special ability to slow it down. Known for his clutch scoring, he retired from the NHL as a two-time All-Star and the Minnesota North Stars all-time leader in playoff points. It’s appropriate that he’s now slowing things down for others, showing them how tranquility can improve their well-being.

Payne supports Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, an organization that helps wounded military members with their recovery by introducing them to the tranquil sport of fly fishing. As the founder and director of Battle at Boxwood, an event which raises over $125,000 annually, Payne is caring for soldiers who risk everything to protect us.

“The event and its visibility have progressively gotten larger,” Payne said in a recent interview. “Thanks to my sports background I’ve had the ability to get it aired on national TV each year, and hopefully it’ll grow the awareness. No matter if people want to volunteer hours or donate, it’s all welcome.”

Nobody has welcomed the program more than the soldiers who have been positively impacted by the program.

“I had the privilege to meet one soldier in particular who was wounded in Afghanistan and has been very involved with my cause,” said Payne. “He came to Project Healing Waters looking for something to save his life, and now he’s an active member sharing his story and recruiting others so they can also heal.

“He was willing to give up his life for his country, but was ready to give up on himself until this organization helped give him the gift of life again. This organization has saved dozens and dozens of lives like his.”

A long-time sports philanthropy activist, Payne has a history of giving. In his playing days he made a point to volunteer for numerous charitable organizations, while also raising over $1 million in assistance to Variety Club’s Children’s Heart Hospital. Concurrent with Project Healing Waters, he sits on the advisory board of Defending the Blue Line, an organization that enables kids of active military members to play hockey.

He thanks his parents for instilling in him the importance of always giving to others, and credits this need to give back as his drive to achieve excellence in sports philanthropy.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have a career in professional sports that has let me live well, so whenever I get the chance to give back I do.”

When it comes to the importance of athletes participating in philanthropy, Payne is quick to share All Sports United’s philosophy of sharing resources.

“Competition is a good thing in sports, but when it comes to sports philanthropy, we want that competition removed. I think anytime you can collaborate instead of compete for the same resources, it’s a good thing. It’s good to encourage open dialogue, and that’s why All Sports United is so great. I’m actively sharing it with others.

“I tell athletes interested in starting foundations that they don’t understand what they have in front of them when they start, and how valuable a community like All Sports United is where you can share and help each other. Having a place where you can come together is a great resource that will keep you from getting discouraged with all the red tape.”

Steven Payne is a finalist for the 2014 All Sports United Humanitarian Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy, with final voting and the award presentation scheduled to take place on June 23, 2014 at a private ceremony in Chicago, IL. The winner will receive a feature story here on AllSportsUnited.org and donated services from our provider partners worth over $100,000. All Sports United is still accepting donations to support all of the finalists’ charities in association with our campaign partner GivKwik. Please support the campaign with whatever you can afford at our “All Stars of Giving” campaign website at www.givkwik.com/ASU. Your tax-deductible donation will support all of these fine causes. Continue to visit AllSportsUnited.org for profiles of each finalist in the days leading up to the award presentation.

- Special to All Sports United
Correspondent Anthony Baldini

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Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management Announces Support and Sponsorship of All Sports United

Boston, MA – Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management, a socially progressive investment management firm, has announced its official sponsorship of All Sports United (ASU).

ASU, led by Scott Manthorne and Alan Pavlosky, was launched to provide professional athletes a platform to engage in philanthropic endeavors benefitting the greater good of the community.

Through its sponsorship, Reynders, McVeigh will participate in ASU events and workshops to help athletes and supporters understand the link – and differences – between socially progressive investing and philanthropy.  Patrick McVeigh, President & Chief Investment Officer, and Ted Melhado, Managing Director, Investment Services, will attend a workshop at the All Sports United Conference hosted by George Washington University in Washington DC on April 24, 2014.

“We’re excited about what seems to be a natural fit between All Sports United and Reynders, McVeigh, as we share an interest in maximizing both the social impact of and the financial return on our investments,” said Chat Reynders, CEO and Chairman of Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management.  “We believe it’s important for philanthropic athletes to understand the value in socially progressive investments, especially when it comes to leaving their legacies.”

About Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management:

Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management is a Boston-based investment management firm focused on socially progressive investments, creating portfolios with cores comprised of companies that emphasize social impact. The firm has over $1 billion assets under management and advises on an additional $5 billion for trust offices around the country. Listed consistently in the top 100 in AdvisorOne’s annual Top Wealth Managers Rankings, Reynders, McVeigh leverages its proprietary research and emphasizes transparency, discretion, and a due diligence process in support of each investment to construct individually tailored portfolios for high net worth clients.

For more information, please visit www.reyndersmcveigh.com.

About All Sports United:

Founded in the spring of 2011, All Sports United understands the needs of sports philanthropists, and has organized several national consortiums and focus groups. ASU is a platform for athletes, sports personalities, businesses and individuals to engage in philanthropic endeavors while improving the efficiency of the great community. ASU produces several events throughout the year, and event hosts include: The Chicago Bears, George Washington University, the NCAA, and UC Berkeley. Each gathering is designed to share best practices techniques, identify areas of opportunity and provide networking opportunities.  ASU’s ever-growing community has resulted in relationships with professional athletes, foundation directors, agents and agencies, leagues, and Olympic organizations.

For more information on All Sports United and their upcoming initiatives, please visit: http://allsportsunited.org/

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Humanitarian Award Finalists Announced

Congratulations to the top 12 finalists for the 2014 All Sports United Humanitarian Award. The voting was determined by percentage of votes received and there was a 4 way tie for 9th place which turned our top 10 into a top 12. All Sports United is proud to recognize all of these amazing finalists for their commitment to their communities.

All Sports United wishes to thank GivKwik for creating the “All Stars of Giving” voting system. Their platform has proven to be even better than expected. All Sports United would also like to thank our generous sponsors contributing assets to our eventual winner.

Each of them has pledged valuable assets that collectively exceed $100,000 in value to benefit the eventual winner’s cause.  Public contributions will remain open at givkwik.com which will enhance the total prize package to the finalists.  We will be featuring articles in the next month leading up to the final award on these generous sponsors as well as individual features on our finalists.

This year’s finalists are:

Bob and Mike Bryan
Kevin Daley
Thomas Davis
Malcolm Jenkins
Martin Truex Jr
Matt Light
Marshawn Lynch
Allison Baver
Bill Belichick
Justin Tuck
Steven Payne
Isiah Thomas

Below is link to the detailed results as determined by public vote:

https://givkwik.com/campaigns/2014-asu

Final winner will be determined by a selection committee which will review the philanthropic impact of each candidate based on merit.

The eventual winner will be announced in Chicago on June 23rd. Each finalist will be asked to submit materials which can include written statements, documents and/or video clips illustrating their commitment to their causes.

Stay tuned as we continue to recognize these amazing sports philanthropists!

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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.

Vote Here!

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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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