Athletes for Hope Announces Expansion To Davidson College
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WASHINGTON, D.C.- [February 16, 2023] On January 19, 2023, Athletes for Hope (AFH) formally launched its expansion of the AFH University program at Davidson College thanks to support from its newest partner, Under Armour and Curry Brand.
Last month, over 150 student-athletes from Davidson College field hockey, cheer, and football engaged in an athlete empowerment workshop conducted by Athletes for Hope CEO, Jason Belinkie, and Founding CEO Emeritus, Ivan Blumberg.
The empowerment workshop gave student-athletes an introduction to Athletes for Hope while focusing on a series of inspirational debates and exercises that explore an athlete’s role in the community. Student-athletes at Davidson had the opportunity to discuss topics such as how to be a leader in their community, how to utilize their powerful platform to make a difference, and how their involvement can positively impact their community.
“We are thrilled to expand AFH’s University program to Davidson College, where we will work closely with their passionate and diverse group of student athletes to make a positive and lasting impact in the Davidson community,” said Jason Belinkie, CEO of AFH. “We are grateful for the support and leadership of both Under Armour and Davidson College in making this important partnership possible.”
In addition to educational workshops, student-athletes will have the opportunity to begin their community service work with AFH University within the Davidson community, primarily focusing on volunteering at the Ada Jenkins Center, the home to one of Curry Brand’s latest court renovations in partnership with Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation and Summit Coffee Foundation. Curry Brand, powered by Under Armour, was started in 2020 with the commitment to change the game for good. One of their focus areas is to impact communities through 20 court renovations across the globe by 2025.
“The scholar-athletes at Davidson have a unique opportunity to develop critical life skills and philanthropic education that will further them on and off the court, field, course, or pool,” said Chris Clunie, Director of Athletics at Davidson College. “We are proud of our scholar-athletes for their deep commitment to leadership, service, and impact, and we are thankful to Athletes for Hope and Under Armour for their vision and partnership.”
Established in 2013, AFH University is located at 15 college and university campuses across the country, including five Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
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About Athletes for Hope
Founded by Muhammad Ali, Andre Agassi, Mia Hamm, and nine other elite athletes in 2006, Athletes for Hope (AFH) is a cause-neutral non-profit that educates, encourages, and empowers athletes to find their passions and use their time to positively engage with their communities. Over the past 16 years, AFH has educated more than 12,000 professional, Olympic, Paralympic, and collegiate athletes through its Causeway workshop series, and helped athletes volunteer with hundreds of underserved schools and impactful community organizations through core programs that focus on helping underserved children become more physically active, changing the public stigma around mental health, and brightening the lives of children in hospitals. Through their dedication and passion for doing good, AFH athletes have positively impacted the lives of millions around the world.
About Under Armour
Under Armour serves as a catalyst for the progress of athletes and our communities. Our purpose sits at the intersection of “Who We Are” and the “Need in the World” we can fulfill. We believe in waking up every morning to make athletes legendary. From the best of the best to the ones just getting started, we put the athlete at the center of everything we do. A subsidiary of Under Armour, the Curry Brand spans each category of Under Armour’s performance product innovations with an imprint designed to give back. Both are committed to bettering their communities, a percentage of yearly revenue will be spent on under-resourced communities so that all can participate in organized sports.