The Jefferson Awards are a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America. They began in 1972 to create a Nobel Prize for public service. Today, their primary purpose is to serve as a “Call to Action for Volunteers” in local communities.
Did you know that athletes give back to their communities more than most groups? Well, it’s true. Check out some of their random acts of kindness.
This month, voting begins for the prestigious national Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service by an Athlete. A list of highly impressive nominees includes the following women:
Cheri Balwut – Paralympic Gold Medalist
Brandi Chastain – Soccer player
Lauren Fleshman - Long distance runner
Sara Hall – Runner
Mia Hamm – Soccer player
Lindsey Harding – Basketball player
Ana Ivanovic – Tennis player
Jelena Jankovic – Tennis player
Jessica Mendoza – Softball player
Angela Ruggiero – Hockey player
Kerri Walsh – Volleyball player
If you’re not already familiar with these inspiring women, you need to be. Click here to read about the incredible things these athletes are doing and to vote (by November 15th) for your favorite nominee.