The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Sports Award recognizes sports teams, athletes, and community-based organizations that use sports to catalyze and sustain changes to make communities healthier places to live, learn, work, and play.
In determining the winners of the RWJF Sports Award, they will take into account the guiding principles in addition to the following selection criteria:
- Making communities healthier through sport
The degree to which the applicant uses sport to address the root causes that influence health and health equity including the diversity of population reached and solutions that contribute to policy, systems, or environmental changes that improve health.
This focus on health and health equity may include:
- Removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.
- Valuing diverse perspectives; fostering a sense of security, belonging, and trust; and engaging in collective problem solving, including full participation by excluded or marginalized groups and those most affected by poor health in making decisions and driving solutions.
The level of creativity and solutions thinking used to advance health and health equity goals.
The level of inclusion and cooperation across a broad set of perspectives and sectors to achieve health and health equity goals including shared purpose and accountability.
- Impact and measurable results
The level of success in improving health and health equity in the target population(s) and community(s). The degree the work is being evaluated and results shared with partners and target audiences.
The approaches used that demonstrate a commitment to solutions that will be long lasting.
Each category winner receives:
- $10,000 cash prize;
- Your story and successes are celebrated broadly to inspire others;
- Opportunity to engage with other community leaders at RWJF headquarters during private ceremony.
The Foundation will consider applications in the following three categories:
- Category 1: A professional sports team community relations department or foundation based in the United States or Canada.
- Category 2: An individual athlete or professional coach’s foundation based in the United States or Canada.
- Category 3: An organization in the United States or Canada that is an influential leader and model for improving community health through sports.
Apply online through the given link.
Application Deadline: May 29, 2019Application ClosedOfficial link