Notah Begay III Foundation Receives 2012 Patterson Award for Excellence in
The Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation honored the Notah Begay III
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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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