Memphis Grizzlies, Phillies Pitcher Jamie Moyer's Foundation Receive
2007 Steve Patterson Awards for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy
In celebration of the many ways that sports improve people’s lives and
strengthen communities, the Sports Philanthropy Project (SPP) and the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today named the Memphis Grizzlies
Charitable Foundation and The Moyer Foundation, the charity launched by
All-Star baseball pitcher Jamie Moyer as recipients of the 2007 Steve
Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy.
The awards were presented at the Associated Press Sports Editors Convention in St. Louis on June 23rd.
Grizzlies Charitable Foundation and Jamie Moyer are outstanding sports
leaders who care deeply for the health and well-being of people in
their communities,” said Greg Johnson, Executive Director of the Sports
Philanthropy Project. “Their commitment goes much deeper than just
financial contributions; they work strategically to identify pressing
needs in their communities and develop innovative ways to address those
Winner Is Winners Are...
We ’d like to to inform you about an exciting new development in the
Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy. To
further our goal of inspiring excellence in sports philanthropy,
effective in 2007 and continuing in future years SPP and the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation will honor one athlete philanthropy and one
sports organization philanthropy each year.
the establishment of the award in 2005, we’ve continued to learn more
about the inspiring work of so many sports entities across the U. S.
and Canada, and about the rising growth and success off the field. We
believe there's a compelling case for two distinct award categories:
one specifically for athlete-led philanthropy (including athlete
foundations and athlete donor-advised funds, etc.) and a separate
category for philanthropy initiated by sports organizations (such as
professional teams and team foundations, sports leagues, player
associations, sports commissions and facilities, etc.).
Effective in 2008, nominees will be eligible to apply for only one of
the two categories; previous winners of the award are ineligible to
More St. Louis Highlights:
St. Louis Post Dispatch (6/23/07) - "Sports can do a lot of good, in ways both big and small"
KTRS Radio (6/21/07) - Interview with SPP Executive Director Greg Johnson
The full Media Gallery (including press release, photos, and media coverage) is now posted on the SPP website!
The Moyer Foundation
(Pictured: Jamie and Karen Moyer. Credit: Whitney Curtis)
The Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation
L-R: Elliot Perry, local owner; Andy Dolich, team President of Business
Operations; Jenny Koltnow, Foundation Executive Director; & Staley
Cates, local owner. Credit: Whitney Curtis)
St. Louis Snapshots:
Executive Director Greg Johnson, in an on-field interview with Fox
Sports Midwest prior to 6/22 game between the St. Louis Cardinals and
Philadelphia Phillies. (Credit: Alisha Greenberg)
Award Committee and winner representatives, on field before the 6/22 Cardinals-Phillies game. (Credit: Alisha Greenberg)
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