For a decade, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has recognized the best in the field with the coveted Patterson Award. Watch our past winners in the Champions video. If you represent a professional sports team; individual athlete or coach foundation; or a sports philanthropy organization apply today to join our list of champions below:
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation opened the doors of its Princeton, N.J. headquarters to the sports philanthropy community for an exclusive event that featured the award ceremony, educational roundtables, and networking. In attendance were past and current winners, 2013 applicants, and members of the award selection committee.
The winner this year from the team category represents the third organization from the National Football League to join our list of champions. It is also an exciting year in the athlete category as we are now able to add action sports to our list. Only months away from the Sochi Games, we honor the legacy of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games as they near their thirtieth anniversary.
Carlette and Makena Patterson present the Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy to the San Francisco 49ers- John York- Co-Chairman; Joanne Pasternack- Director, Community Relations; Alisha Greenberg- Patterson Award.
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I Thought We Had Forever is a collection of love letters, emails, and journal entries that reveal the passion and pain a family went through when their forever ended on July 28, 2004. It is a love story that began when retired NBA player Steve Patterson took a blank piece of paper and penned a collection of love letters that changed the course of many lives. His wife, Carlette, holds on to her family as her five-year-old daughter is forced to understand grief, her young adult daughter finds her way back from drug addiction, and her oldest daughter navigates life with Aspergers. Experience their raw emotions as they search for hope, hanging on to their faith and finding a love more powerful than pain.