RWJF Sports Award

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award recognizes professional sports teams, athletes, coaches, and community-based organizations that use sports to catalyze and sustain changes to make communities healthier—regardless of race, gender, ability, or economic background.

2021 Winners Announcement! Read the news release»

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted inequities with significant consequences to physical and mental health. We understand the constraints on typical programming and aim to recognize those that rose to the challenge of supporting their communities, including innovative collaboration, temporary transition of goals, and commitment to health equity in a time of crisis.

We want to hear from organizations using sports in innovative and collaborative ways to make their communities a healthier place to live.

RWJF Sports Award Overview and 2021 Winner Videos

RWJF Sports Award Overview and 2021 Winner Videos

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RWJF Sports Award Overview and 2021 Winner Videos

Click "next" between videos in the series to view RWJF Sports Award winner videos following the overview video.
Click "next" between videos in the series to view RWJF Sports Award winner videos following the overview video.

RWJF Sports Award Overview and 2021 Winner Videos

Click "next" between videos in the series to view RWJF Sports Award winner videos following the overview video.

RWJF celebrates, supports, and raises awareness of the power of sports to connect us and make us healthier, no matter our race, gender, abilities, or economic background.

2021 Winners

Dance Institute of Washington logo.

The Dance Institute of Washington

The Dance Institute of Washington 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.

LA Dodgers Foundation

Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation

Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation 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.

Make the World Better logo.

Make the World Better

Make the World Better, founded in 2014 by former Eagles player Connor Barwin, connects people and inspires stewardship through public space revitalization projects in Philadelphia.

Move United Logo.

Move United

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.

Yeah! Yoga logo.

YEAH! Yoga

YEAH! YOGA teaches culturally accessible, trauma informed and healing focused yoga and mindfulness to youth involved with or affected by the carceral system. 

2020 Winners

AGE UP

All Girl Everything Ultimate Program

All Girl Everything Ultimate Program (AGE UP) builds healthy communities by engaging South Seattle youth of color through their love of ultimate frisbee and their commitment to equity and social justice.  

Border Youth Tennis Exchange logo.

Border Youth Tennis Exchange

Border Youth Tennis Exchange (BYTE) is a binational youth development organization that offers professional tennis instruction and academic enrichment to kids ages 8–12 on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora (Mexico).

Running Medicine logo.

Running Medicine

Running Medicine offers family-oriented walking and running programs for Native Americans in Albuquerque creating a Culture of Health that is available to all people regardless of ability, age, fitness level or ability to pay.

Soccer in the Streets Atlanta logo.

Soccer in the Streets

Soccer in the Streets has reframed health equity around transit hubs in the inner city by repurposing unused land in the heart of Atlanta to be more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

U.S. Association of the Blind Athletes.

United States Association of Blind Athletes

The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) uses adaptive sports to assist and support individuals who are blind and visually impaired.

Previous Winners

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Video Series: Past Ceremonies and Events Highlights

Video Series: Past Ceremonies and Events Highlights

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Video Series: Past Ceremonies and Events Highlights

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Click "next" between videos to view Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award winners honored during past ceremonies.

Video Series: Past Ceremonies and Events Highlights

Click "next" between videos to view Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award winners honored during past ceremonies.
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