A prominent nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching athletes about the importance of community service and charitable giving, Athletes for Hope oversees a broad range of educational and outreach initiatives. Through its University Project (AFH-U), Athletes for Hope extends educational services to student athletes at universities throughout the United States.
Founded in 2013, AFH-U offers a diverse array of life skills and Causeway workshops for university athletic teams. Workshop participants discuss the importance of community service and learn more about the causes that matter most to them. In particular, AFH-U stresses the potential positive impact of athletes on their communities and encourages them to become university ambassadors to community members.
A nonprofit organization, Athletes for Hope encourages athletes to give back to their communities through volunteerism. In the first quarter of 2014, numerous AFH member athletes assisted those in need. Olympic track and field competitor Kori Carter attended Athletes for Hope’s workshop with USA Track and Field in December 2013 and started the year by assisting two philanthropic organizations. Based in Palo Alto, California, Kori joined The Riekes Center for Human Enhancement and Girls to Women. The former group enables Kori to advise a high school track team and mentor Paralympic athletes. Kori Carter will provide Girls to Women with guidance in coordinating a 5K run.
In addition, San Diego Padres catcher Nick Hundley contributed his time to Athletes for Hope this year. Actively involved with Athletes for Hope since 2010, the San Diego Padres catcher volunteered with the Habitat for Humanity chapter in his hometown of Las Vegas. During the baseball off-season, Hundley participated in Habitat for Humanity projects. He plans to return to volunteer after the current season ends. His previous activities with Athletes for Hope included visiting hospitalized children in five major cities across the country.
Athletes for Hope encourages professional and Olympic athletes to engage in humanitarianism. The organization also aims to ensure that they direct their efforts toward the most appropriate groups in need. In order to enlighten athletes about how to give back to their communities, Athletes for Hope facilitates educational workshops. During these sessions, athletes discuss their personal interests, their value to their communities, and their best options for giving back. Since the program began, more than 1,000 athletes at all stages of their careers and from a wide range of sports have participated in these workshops.
Athletes for Hope divides this educational journey into three different workshops. The first workshop, “Empowerment,” serves as an introduction and allows athletes to discuss the role of fame, money, and time in giving back to the community. The second workshop, “Options for Impact,” focuses specifically on individuals and their passion for particular causes. Athletes for Hope also offers a third workshop,“Vehicles for Giving,” which teaches athletes about the the pros and cons of forming a foundation and discusses alternative routes for philanthropy.
Athletes for Hope brings athletes together in support of important programs and initiatives in their communities and around the world. Through Athletes for Hope, athletes can engage in a variety of important social action initiatives, from awareness campaigns to fundraisers.
Recently, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk kicked off the Who Gives Campaign on behalf of Athletes for Hope. This campaign involved three phases and inspired more than two months of conversation, debate, and giving on the part of athletes and others. Phase 1 involved an online debate about the obligation of athletes to give back. Phase 2 consisted of an online challenge featuring athletes competing against one another to raise money for their charities, which culminated in raising more than $250,000 for over 50 organizations. Phase 3, centered around the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., saw dozens of athletes around the country donating their time to charities.
The Who Gives Campaign is only one of several initiatives facilitated by Athletes for Hope throughout the year. Others include a September 11th campaign and Hope for the Holidays initiative.