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October 2012

Notah Begay III Foundation Receives 2012 Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation honored the Notah Begay III Foundation, Chicago White Sox, and Women's Sports Foundation with 2012's Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy.

The Steve Patterson award honors those in the sports world who improve lives through sports.  Patterson, the UCLA basketball star, NBA player, and college coach, used the power of sports philanthropy to make a difference. He died of cancer in July 2004 at the age of 56.

"Today's winners reveal just how much Steve's lifelong legacy to improve lives through sports has taken hold," said Carlette Patterson, Steve's widow and president of Patterson Sports Ventures. "It's clear that the field of sports philanthropy is growing and thriving and I hope more sports organizations will use their incredible leverage to make a positive difference in their communities and nationwide."

Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3

Notah Begay III is the only full-blooded Native American to play on the PGA Tour. He founded the Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3) to address issues affecting Native American children. These include childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes, physical fitness, nutritional, and other health needs of the Native community.

NB3 approaches the epidemic childhood obesity and diabetes among Native youth hrough sports, nutritional, health, and community development programs. These programs incorporate tribal cultures and traditions and  empower tribal leaders to take action.

In 2010, the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health evaluated NB3's San Felipe Pueblo soccer program. They found that the program significantly impacts the physical fitness of Native American children.

 NB3 also call national attention to the health needs of Native American children. These children receive less than 1% of philanthropy foundation funding.

"I'm thankful that I can use my public platform to raise more awareness of Native American health issues and the need to address them. Sports can play a transformative role in the life of a young person, and we're pleased that this award will help highlight our mission to fight childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes." 
Notah Begay III, four-time PGA Tour winner and founder of the NB3 Foundation. "

White Sox Volunteer Corps

The Chicago White Sox established the first of its kind White Sox Volunteer Corps. The Corps brings together  fans, players, coaches, and club executives to volunteer in underserved Chicago neighborhoods. Since its founding in 2009, the Corps has volunteer over 17,000 hours through events such as blood drives, food donations, and renovating and beautifying  and beautification projects for Chicago public schools and Boys & Girls Club locations.

"The White Sox have operated under the principle that professional sports teams have a responsibility to give back to their communities.  We are honored to be recognized for our work in this area and will continue to galvanize our fans and other supporters to be local changemakers through their community service."
 Jerry Reinsdorf, Chairman of the Chicago White Sox.

The Women's Sports Foundation

The Women's Sports Foundation was founded in 1974 by tennis champion, Billie Jean King.  WSO uses sports and physical activity to help girls and women of all abilities reach their potential. WSF's Travel & Training Fund helps cover expenses for amateur athletes as they advance to the highest competition levels in their athletic fields. Another WSF program, GoGirlGo!, provides girls in underserved communities with access to physical activity programs. It also teaches community leaders, volunteers, and coaches how to sustain local initiatives.

"The 40th anniversary of Title IX and the outstanding achievements of our female athletes in the Summer Olympics elevate the platform for supporting women and girls through sports. Intersected with the health and social issues we face among youth, in underserved communities, and in particular for girls, the platform carries even greater significance for the work of the Women's Sports Foundation. The Patterson Award speaks to our collective achievements, and we are grateful for that recognition."

Kathryn Olson, CEO of the Women's Sports Foundation

Previous winners of the Patterson Award include:

Philadelphia Eagles Youth Partnership, Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation, Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation, The Moyer Foundation, San Francisco Giants Community Fund, Steve Nash Foundation,  Marvin Lewis Community Fund, Red Sox Foundation, Dikembe Mutombo Foundation,  U.S. Soccer Foundation, Cincinnati Reds Community Fund, and Brian Griese and Judi's House

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