AFH has been working tirelessly this year to inform, educate and connect athletes to philanthropic opportunities in communities across the U.S. We have been monitoring and evaluating our overall impact for athletes, communities, and schools, and below are some of the exciting highlights from the past nine months:
- The AFH University (AFH-U) program has facilitated workshops for 20 varsity sports teams at University of Virginia LSU, Southern University, and Tulane University. In total, 598 college athletes have participated in AFH U workshops and have given back over 100 hours of volunteer time in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana this year alone.
- AFH was honored to be chosen as the Let’s Move! Active Schools Partner of the Year in May. AFH board chair, Mark Levinstein, accepted the award at the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Building a Healthier Future Summit with First Lady Michelle Obama and other distinguished guests. AFH engaged athletes in LMAS initiatives throughout the year and connected AFH athletes to activities related to health, physical fitness, and positive youth development.
- There have been 184 athlete visits to local charities and schools across the US. such as Portland Timbers Star Nat Borchers visiting St. Clare School in Portland, OR. These amazing athletes volunteer their time and energy to support communities by engaging with students, families and partners and encourage and inspire youth and communities to do more.
- AFH has connected over 100 AFH athletes to the 1,000 Days #FairStart Campaign to advocate for improved maternal and childhood nutrition. This public health campaign is targeting Olympic athletes gearing up for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics to raise awareness of the global issue of malnutrition.
- Since September, AFH has facilitated 31 Empowerment Workshops for Professional, Olympic and college athletes, educating over 846 athletes about philanthropic giving. Of those athletes surveyed after AFH workshops, 92% stated they were “more likely to participate in charitable giving in their community” and 91% were inspired by their participation.
AFH continues to strive for excellence by evaluating our work and seeking feedback from key stakeholders. Thank you to all of the athletes for giving back to the charities and causes you care so much about.