Campaigns & Rallies
We’ve seen firsthand what a difference we can make when athletes work together. Athletes for Hope hosts campaigns throughout the year that bring together athletes and teams across the country to support their communities. For example, when the tragic BP oil spill ravaged the Gulf Coast region in 2010, we served as a catalyst in connecting athletes across many sports to an initiative that generated awareness throughout the nation. Since inception, Athletes for Hope has helped hundreds of athletes join forces and support charities across many types of causes.
Who Gives Campaign
Tony Hawk kicked off Athletes for Hope’s multi-phased social media campaign – “Who Gives?” which sparked conversation about athlete philanthropy and featured over two months of spirited dialogue, charity fundraising, and community outreach. The Who Gives Campaign featured three phases: 1) an online debate regarding athletes’ obligation to give back to their communities, 2) an online fundraising challenge in which athletes competed against each other off the field to raise money for charity, and 3) a nationwide athlete volunteer effort around the MLK Jr. Holiday. The Campaign generated millions of web impressions, raised over $250,000 for over 50 charities, and culminated with more than 35 athletes across the country volunteering.
September 11th National Day of Service
For the past four years, Athletes for Hope has challenged its athlete members to rally around the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance in an effort to unite and mobilize around important causes. The opportunities spanned across the country and served various communities in a number of ways, such as Atlanta Hawks Center Etan Thomas speaking to juvenile inmates at the Prince George’s Correctional Facility in Upper Marlboro, MD, Cincinnati Reds Outfielder Drew Stubbs visiting The Children’s Hospital of Denver, and former tennis star Jennifer Capriati building homes with Habitat for Humanity.
Hope for the Holidays
Each year millions of Americans spend the holidays away from their loved ones, whether it’s because they are in the hospital, experiencing economic hardships, or serving our country abroad. Athletes for Hope members participate in a yearly Hope for the Holidays rally to bring a little holiday cheer to those who need it the most. Hundreds of athletes have taken action, including USA Bobsledder Jeremy Holm leading kids from the Lied Boys & Girls Club in Salt Lake City, UT in a letter writing campaign to our troops abroad, San Diego Padres infielder Chase Headley visiting East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, and Philadelphia Independence Defender Nikki Krzysik helping the homeless with Family Gateways in Dallas, Texas.
Athletes Raise Awareness for Gulf Coast Oil Spill
Athletes for Hope members joined forces with other environmentally conscious athletes and the Sierra Club on a trip to witness the oil spill that has wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast. Former New York Ranger goalie Mike Richter, Atlanta Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli and Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference were amongst many athletes that participated in a boat tour of the affected region, leaving from Myrtle Grove Marina and traveling to Cat Island and Bay Jimmy. The athletes spoke passionately about their support for the Gulf Coast communities through several TV networks as they urged the public to lend a helping hand. The athletes were profoundly affected by the trip and rallied local fans around the cause when they arrived back home.
Athletes for Hope Goes Green for Earth Day
In the month leading up to Earth Day, Athletes for Hope asked all athletes and sports fans to commit to helping the environment. On the Athletes Go Green cause page on Facebook, participants committed to one of five “green plays” and posted photos and videos to describe how made a difference. For example, New York Yankees outfielder Chris Dickerson rode his bike to the ballpark for a week instead of driving a car and challenged his fans to carpool more frequently. These contributions helped increase environmental awareness across the country and encouraged others to make a positive environmental impact.