Athletes for Hope Connects over 70 Athletes with More Than 40 Charities for First Official September 11th Day of Service
Athletes, Together With Local Volunteers, Remember and Serve in Honor of Fallen Heroes as Part of United We Serve Initiative
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Athletes for Hope, a non-profit organization founded by an elite group of athletes with a shared passion for philanthropy, announced today that it has connected over 70 professional and Olympic athletes with over 40 charitable causes throughout the country to help make a lasting difference in their local communities. The connections were made as part of Athletes for Hope’s partnership with the United We Serve campaign and the organization’s participation in the first official September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance.
“The affect of domestic violence is just as severe to children as it is to the victims themselves. I am dedicated to the issues of our future and our children, whether it be education, healthcare or in this case domestic violence”
Athletes for Hope members who will be pledging their time to the September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance include players from the NBA, WNBA, NASCAR, and the US Men’s and Women’s National Soccer Teams.
NBA player, Etan Thomas, saw this as an opportunity to team up with fellow Athletes for Hope member, Chasity Melvin of the Washington Mystics, and support a cause that they both care about, the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “The affect of domestic violence is just as severe to children as it is to the victims themselves. I am dedicated to the issues of our future and our children, whether it be education, healthcare or in this case domestic violence,” said Thomas. “Teaming up with Chasity makes our event unique as a professional player from both professional basketball leagues will lend their voices to this cause representing both a male and female perspective.”
In April, President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act and officially recognized September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance for the first time. This September 11, Americans will join together in service projects across all fifty states and re-commit to serving their communities.
“I am very proud of the role that Athletes for Hope has played in this incredibly important day,” said Ivan Blumberg, CEO of Athletes for Hope. “We are excited that we were able to mobilize our growing membership of professional athletes to come together to help honor the heroes of 9/11 and enhance the lives around them.”
September 11, 2009 will mark the first milestone in the United We Serve initiative, President Obama’s nationwide initiative to create a sustained, collaborative, and focused effort to meet community needs. The day will be an opportunity for all Americans to recommit to volunteering throughout the year. The initiative is being led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that improves lives and strengthens communities though volunteering and service.
Individuals looking for service opportunities on or around 9/11 can visit Serve.gov, a website that allows visitors to type in their zip code to find local volunteer opportunities or find ideas for creating new projects with family, friends and neighbors. Organizations can also recruit volunteers by posting their 9/11 service projects on the database.
Since its inception in 2007, Athletes for Hope has quickly advanced to the forefront of sports philanthropy by offering a free service to athletes that educates them about philanthropic opportunities, connects them with charities that best fit their passions, and recognizes their efforts to inspire others. In just over two years, more than 700 athletes spanning over 50 professional and Olympic sports have joined forces with Athletes for Hope to get involved in philanthropy efforts on a local and national level. Athletes for Hope has completed over 300 matches between athletes and charities and has delivered its educational workshop detailing how the organization can help athletes get started in philanthropic initiatives to more than 500 professionals including members of the NBA, MLS, LPGA, ATP, WTA, NFLPA, AVP, and members of the US Olympic movement.
About Athletes for Hope
Athletes for Hope’s is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization founded by an elite group of 12 professional athletes with a shared passion for philanthropy. Its mission is to educate, encourage, and assist athletes in their efforts to contribute to community and charitable causes; to increase public awareness of those efforts; and to inspire others to do the same. For more information, go to: www.athletesforhope.org.
Athletes for Hope’s 12 Founding Athletes are: Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Lance Armstrong, Warrick Dunn, Jeff Gordon, Mia Hamm, Tony Hawk, Andrea Jaeger, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mario Lemieux, Alonzo Mourning and Cal Ripken, Jr.