An Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation gives out the Steve Patterson Award

Dates of Project: March 2010 to December 2013

Description: RWJF supported the Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy from 2010 to 2013. The award, which has been given since 2005, acknowledges professional sports teams, individual athletes, and sports philanthropy organizations that have worked to improve the lives of others.

“Sports can play a transformative role in the life of a young person. I’m thankful that I can use my public platform to raise awareness of Native American health issues.”—Notah Begay III, award winner

Key Results

  • The project conferred 10 Steve Patterson Awards from 2010 to 2013. Winners included:

    • The Notah Begay III Foundation (2012), for “addressing the epidemics of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes impacting Native American children.” Begay is the only full-blooded Native American to play on the Professional Golf Association tour.
    • The Tony Hawk Foundation (2013), for “empowering at-risk youth and improving disadvantaged communities through the development of public skateboard parks.” Hawk is a professional skateboarder and skateboarding entrepreneur.
    • The Women’s Sports Foundation (2012), founded by tennis legend Billie Jean King, for “advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity.”
  • Project staff produced 15 videos produced about the project and individual winners, and posted them on YouTube.

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