Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award

Inspiring Healthier Communities through Sport

    Release Date: March 4, 2020 | Application Deadline: Wed, 6 May 2020


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 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.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The Foundation will consider applications from the following organizations:

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

Up to five awards of $25,000 each may be given annually.

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.

If you are a chapter within a larger organization, the umbrella organization is eligible to apply, but individual chapters are not. We encourage national offices of affiliate organizations to feature the work of their local organizations in their application.

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, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (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.

Key Dates

May 6, 2020 (5:00 PM ET)
Deadline for receipt of online applications.

June 22, 2020
Finalists notified.

Week of August 10, 2020
Winners notified.

September 24, 2020
Presentation to awardees at RWJF in Princeton, NJ

Total Awards

Each winner receives:

  • $25,000 cash prize;
  • Eligibility for continued funding through the Opportunity Fund which annually supports past winners.

Application is Now Closed

Application closed as of:
May 06, 2020, 5:00 p.m. ET

Inspiring Healthier Communities

RWJF Sports Award

The RWJF Sports Award focuses on recognizing those in sport who display an innovative and collaborative approach to making their communities a healthier place to live.

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