Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award 2018

Inspiring Healthier Communities through Sport

    Release Date: May 7, 2018 | Application Deadline: July 02, 2018, 5:00 p.m. ET


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Sports Award recognizes sports teams, athletes, and community-based organizations that use sports to catalyze and sustain changes to make communities healthier places to live, learn, work, and play.


The Foundation will consider applications in the following three categories:

  • Category 1: A professional sports team community relations department or foundation based in the United States or Canada.
  • Category 2: An individual athlete or professional coach's foundation based in the United States or Canada.
  • Category 3: An organization in the United States or Canada that is an influential leader and model for improving community health through sports.

Applicants that are not charitable organizations or public entities must apply with an organization that is such an entity and will receive the prize funds. Additional documentation may be requested. 

The Foundation pledges to work in ways that reflect our values and our guiding principles. We strive to treat everyone with respect; we cultivate diversity, inclusion, and collaboration; and we act as good stewards of private resources, using them to advance the public’s interest. We recognize that our reputation and success also depend upon the integrity, fairness, and sound judgment of those with whom we work.   

With these principles in mind, RWJF will not consider an application if it is submitted by an entity whose name, brand, or practices—in the Foundation’s judgment—denigrates, harms, or discriminates against any racial or ethnic group.  For example, a team with a name or mascot that, in RWJF’s view, denigrates Native Americans will not be eligible for the award.


In determining the winners of the RWJF Sports Award, we will take into account our guiding principles in addition to the following selection criteria:


Key Dates:

May 7               Call for Applications (CFA) opens

May 30              Information Session 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

July 2                Call for Applications (CFA) closes at 5:00 p.m. ET

August 27          Finalists announced

October 5          Winners notified

November 15     Ceremony at RWJF

Each category winner recieves:

  • $10,000 cash prize;

  • Your story and success celebrated broadly to inspire others;

  • Opportunity to engage with other community leaders at RWJF headquarters during private ceremony.

Application Deadline

July 02, 2018, 5:00 p.m. ET

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