Date: 03/31/2015

RWJF Announces New Health Through Sports Award

For more than forty years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. The foundation is striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all Americans to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come.

As part of that mission, the foundation is accepting applications for the Robert Wood Johnson Sports Award, a new annual prize designed to honor individuals, organizations, and teams that are making communities healthier through sport. Honorees are dedicated to creating a Culture of Health through impactful philanthropic initiatives.

The RWJF Sports Award recognizes the ways in which sports influence healthy change in communities by helping children maintain a healthy weight; creating safe play environments; encouraging positive behaviors; eliminating bullying, abuse, and violence; and expanding opportunities for children living in poverty. Awards will be presented in three categories. Each category winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize.

Category 1: A professional sports team community relations department or foundation based in North America.

Category 2: An individual athlete or professional coach’s foundation based in North America.

Category 3: An organization in North America that is an influential leader and model for others.

Finalists will be notified before June 23, 2015, and will be required to provide an additional video submission by July 14. Winners will be notified in August and a public announcement will be made on September 10 at the 2015 award presentation in Princeton, New Jersey, at  RWJF headquarters.