Her organization, Kids Play Intl uses sports to educate and empower disadvantaged youth in Africa
May 2, 2011 (Atlanta, GA) — The United Athletes Foundation (UAF), a leading non-profit organization of professional athletes and their foundations, is pleased to recognize 3-time Olympian Tracy Evans as Female Athlete Philanthropist of the Year.
The Female Athlete Philanthropist Award recognizes a female athlete who has not only had a successful career, but has also taken the initiative to fully develop her celebrity brand and business ventures ensuring security in life after sports. It is incredibly important that this athlete has managed to better society in creative and highly effective ways.
Born in Hornell, NY, (now living in Salt Lake City, UT) Tracy Evans, perfectly displays what we at United Athletes Foundation find to be some of the most important qualities of a successful athlete and compassionate human being. While her athletic accomplishments alone are astonishing, her passion and dedication through her organization, Kids Play International (KPI), to help increase the quality of life to disadvantaged children is making a difference in African communities that need it most.
KPI uses sports to educate and empower Africa’s youth and in doing so has established a Girls, Dream Big! Scholarship fund that ensure girls are also given equal opportunity in achieving a comprehensive education. In addition, KPI is developing a sustainable Boys and Girls Stay and Play after-school program using sports as the vehicle to teach life skills and the importance of physical fitness and healthy living. The after-school pilot program is currently being implemented in the rural community of Gatagara, Rwanda, Africa. KPI also organizes short-term volunteer service trips for people of all ages interested in traveling with a purpose.
“I had taken a volunteer trip to Malawi in 2008 and was so inspired by how eager the kids were, given the opportunity, to play new sports that upon my return I decided I wanted to provide an engaging after-school program that would use sports to help give kids the tools to become motivated and successful adults. These types of programs are virtually non-existent.” explains Tracy. “In my own life, sports gave me confidence, motivation and the physical ability to know that if I worked hard I could achieve my goals and turn my dreams in to reality.
My hope is that Kids Play Intl will bring these valuable lessons to children who need them most, so that someday they can make their dreams reality too.”
Led by President & cofounder, Reggie Howard, the United Athletes Foundation is a coalition of over 150 of the nation’s top athletes who are using their power and influence to change neighborhoods and impact lives. The organization offers resources and technology to help broaden reach. The new channel offers fans unprecedented direct digital access to the work athletes are doing in their communities, plus immediate access to educational information and solutions for sustainable community impact. For more information and the full weekend schedule, visit www.unitedathletesfoundation.org, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.