The Dance Institute of Washington (DIW) is the leading minority-led, pre-professional dance equity organization in Washington, D.C., whose efforts impact and inspire racial and economic equity in dance locally, nationally and across the globe.
“The Dance Institute of Washington is grateful to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for this game-changing Sports Award that will help shine a spotlight on our equitable, holistic dance education programming for D.C. youth. Thanks to this award, we will be in a position to expand our dance training and integral support services available to improve young people’s health, both physically and mentally, and help them succeed.” —Kahina Haynes, executive director
Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) is using its platform and programs to tackle the most pressing problems facing Los Angeles with a mission to improve education, healthcare, homelessness, and social justice for all Angelenos.
“The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is absolutely thrilled to have received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award for our critical work to remove barriers to health equity through sports. Through an approach that focuses on the comprehensive needs of young people, we aggressively tackle the most pressing challenges that Angelenos face by providing access and opportunity for those who need support the most.” —Nichol Whiteman, CEO
Make the World Better (MTWB), founded in 2014 by former Eagles player Connor Barwin, connects people and inspires stewardship through public space revitalization projects in Philadelphia.
"We appreciate RWJ's work to support health and well being in our communities. At MTWB we work with communities to not only improve health through sports but also through the connectedness of shared public spaces. After previously being selected as a finalist for this award, we’re so honored to be named a winner this year.” —Connor Barwin, founder and board president
Move United provides national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, including competition, recreation and educational programs.
“Like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Move United is committed to making communities healthier, while driving inclusion for people with disabilities. Sport has the power to change the world, pushing people further and bringing people closer. On behalf of our 200 member organizations serving more than 100,000 individuals with disabilities, Move United is greatly honored to receive the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award.” —Glenn Merry, executive director
YEAH! YOGA teaches culturally accessible, trauma informed and healing focused yoga and mindfulness to youth involved with or affected by the carceral system.
"YEAH! YOGA is honored to receive the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award! As a small but mighty non-profit, we are humbled by the recognition of the value of our work sharing the tools of yoga and mindfulness with youth impacted by the carceral system. We are grateful for the funds attached to the award, which will allow us to expand our offerings and increase our reach to support more youth in their healing and self-empowerment. We are thrilled to represent yoga in the field of Sports Based Youth Development and look forward to being a part of the family of organizations supported by the Robert Wood Johnson team!” —Emilia Aguinaga, director of Programs and Operations
About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award honors the innovative and collaborative efforts of individuals, organizations and teams that are making their communities healthier through sport. For more information on the award, visit www.rwjf.org/sportsaward.