Meet the 2014 Patterson Award Finalists

RWJF's annual sports philanthropy award honors the memory of basketball star Steve Patterson, known for his uplifting and unifying leadership both on and off the court. Seven finalists were chosen from an inspiring field.

RWJF's annual sports philanthropy award honors the memory of basketball star Steve Patterson, known for his uplifting and unifying leadership both on and off the court. Seven finalists were chosen from an inspiring field.

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Celebrating 10 Years of the RWJF Patterson Award

Celebrating 10 Years of the RWJF Patterson Award

Celebrating 10 Years of the RWJF Patterson Award

Celebrating 10 Years of the RWJF Patterson Award

"His steadfast commitment to improving the lives of others reminds all of us of what it means to really make a difference. And that is his greatest legacy."

—Carlette Patterson

"His steadfast commitment to improving the lives of others reminds all of us of what it means to really make a difference. And that is his greatest legacy."

—Carlette Patterson

Celebrating 10 Years of the RWJF Patterson Award

"His steadfast commitment to improving the lives of others reminds all of us of what it means to really make a difference. And that is his greatest legacy."

—Carlette Patterson

John Wooden

The saying, 'you make a living by what you get and you make a life by what you give' along with 'you can give without loving but you can't love without giving,' signify the man and the life that Steve Patterson was committed to being in sports and in life.

Coach John Wooden

About Steve Patterson

Steve became widely known as a member of three John Wooden NCAA championship basketball teams at UCLA (1969/1970/1971), as an NBA player (1972-76, Cleveland/1976, Chicago), and as head coach at Arizona State University (1985-89). But his contributions off the court—uniting businesses and communities to help those less fortunate—are his most enduring.

After Steve's death from cancer at age 56 on July 28, 2004, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation created this first-of-its-kind award in 2005.  It celebrates and promotes the selfless service of those within the world of sports whose passionate efforts make a difference in the lives around them.

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Steve Patterson Award

Celebrating and promoting those in the sports world who are improving lives by leveraging the unique influence of sports.

For more information contact:
Alisha Greenberg
Email: pattersonaward@rwjf.org
Phone: (301) 657-9379

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