Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Announces Finalists for 2014 Steve Patterson Award
Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has selected seven organizations as finalists in three categories.
“Across the board, the quality of our applicant pool this year was inspiring,” said Fred Mann, Associate Vice President of Communications for RWJF. “The review process was difficult, but the seven finalist organizations have truly distinguished themselves by their leadership and community impact.”
In the category for individual athletes and professional coaches, the 2014 finalists are the Tiger Woods Foundation and the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.The Tiger Woods Foundation focuses on improving college access for underserved youth, primarily through the advancement of STEM education. The organization’
In the category for professional sports team foundations and community relations departments, Jays Care Foundation (Toronto Blue Jays – MLB), the Portland Timbers (MLS) and the Chicago Fire Foundation (MLS) have advanced to the final round of consideration. Jays Care Foundation is the charitable arm of Canada’s only MLB team. Established in 1992, the foundation has grown exponentially from a regional focus in Toronto to a “clubhouse”
The third category for Patterson Award applications is open to professional sports leagues, player associations and sports philanthropy organizations. RWJF has selected Playworks and Harlem RBI as the 2014 finalists in this area. Playworks is the leading non-profit in the country leveraging recess to increase childhood physical activity, presently serving 180,000 students every school day at 380 low-income elementary schools. By 2016, Playworks has set a goal of operating in 27 cities across the country. Founded in 1991, Harlem RBI is a unique youth development program based in East Harlem, New York with operations extending to the South Bronx. The organization has grown to serve more than 1,500 boys and girls annually, ages 5-22, providing them with year-round sports, educational and enrichment activities. Since 2005, 97% of Harlem RBI seniors have graduated high school and 94% of seniors have matriculated at college.
Please visit contact Meredith Geisler at email@example.com or (703) 740-5015 for more information on the Patterson Award and the 2014 finalists.
About Steve Patterson
Steve became widely known as a member of three John Wooden-coached NCAA championship basketball teams at UCLA (1969/1970/1971)
About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the health and health care of all Americans. RWJF is striving to build a national culture of health that will enable all Americans to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org.
Previous Patterson Award Winners
•Philadelphia Eagles Youth Partnership (2005)
•Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation (2006)
•Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation (2007)
•The Moyer Foundation (2007)
•San Francisco Giants Community Fund (2008)
•Steve Nash Foundation (2008)
•Marvin Lewis Community Fund (2009)
•Red Sox Foundation (2009)
•Dikembe Mutombo Foundation (2010)
•U.S. Soccer Foundation (2010)
•Cincinnati Reds Community Fund (2011)
•Brian Griese and Judi's House (2011)
•Chicago White Sox (2012)
•Notah Begay III Foundation (2012)
•Women's Sports Foundation (2012)
•San Francisco 49ers (2013)
•Tony Hawk Foundation (2013)
•LA84 Foundation (2013)
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