Dr. Jen Welter among candidates for All Sports United Humanitarian Award

As Dr. Jen Welter continues to capture the hearts and minds of football fans with her historic appointment to the coaching staff of the Texas Revolution, another special milestone is bestowed upon the gridiron hero. She is among the list of remarkable sports heroes that are a candidate for the All Sports United Humanitarian Award.

In an admirable effort to recognize the charitable efforts of professional athletes (male and female), All Sports United is awarding a Humanitarian of the Year Award. Allowing sports fans the chance to participate in an online vote, the top ten vote-getters shall be recognized as the All-Stars of Giving.

With the last day of voting on May 15, fans may vote for three different athletes every day. Of all the athletes, one shall be recognized as the Humanitarian of the Year. The recipient shall receive approximately $100,000 in services for their favorite charity.

Recognized as one of the candidates on the ballot, Welter is joined by a remarkable group of female athletes. Among them (and their favorite charities) are the likes of Allison Baver (Off the Ice Foundation), Nadia Comaneci (Special Olympics), Cassie Hawrysh (Fast and Female) and Pam Shriver (The Pam Shriver Fund).

Welter’s favorite charity of choice is The Road to 777. Based out of Gilbert, Arizona, the Road to 777 employs innovation through collaboration. Looking to benefit seven foundations, the cause hosts seven events over seven months with the goal of raising $777,777 in contributions.

As a side note, any interested individuals can contribute online to their favorite athlete’s charity of choice. Through the Givkwik Fund, a donation can be made. Once voting for the Humanitarian of the Year has completed, all donations meant for the charity, such as The Road to 777 shall be combined and a grant will be given.

Looking to establish a health and wellness clinic in nearby Phoenix to treat brain injuries suffered by military veterans along with athletes, the Road to 777 also supports various causes. A listing of some causes includes: Girl Power 2 Cure, Rett Syndrome Research Trust, Triple R Horse Rescue, Hope for the Warriors, The Stop Abuse Campaign and the Navy SEAL Foundation.

Of note, Welter’s father served in the military, and she has honored her father’s service by participating in an indoor Army vs. Navy football game in Philadelphia honoring the military. In addition, Welter shall be one of the guests of honor at the Road to 777’s Women’s Empowerment Summit to take place on January 7, 2016 at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino. She will be joined by the likes of Melissa Mahler, the CEO and Founder of ProPlayer Insiders and business woman Jeni Summers. Having inspired a new generation of girls to pursue their dreams, Welter’s legacy is one that continues to deservedly grow.

As Welter engages in the next chapter of her remarkable career as a member of the coaching staff for the Texas Revolution, likely the first woman to coach in professional men’s football, the recognition of her efforts as a sporting humanitarian is a glowing tribute. Although only one athlete can win the AUS Humanitarian Award, the bigger victory is the effort to spread a positive message about athletes such as Welter looking to bring betterment to the community.

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Author: markstaffieri

A proud supporter of women in sport. My influences in covering women's sport include Andria Hunter and Jaclyn Hawkins. Both are former women’s hockey players who created their own websites, providing a deeper insight for their respective sport. Unable to identify with multi-millionaire male athletes, the role of women in sport is one that provides inspiration while preserving the spirit of sportsmanship. My first exposure to women and sport came through Geraldine Heaney and her legendary goal at the 1990 Women's World Hockey Championships. By composing player profiles on women from all sports, it is my opportunity to give back to the female sporting community by showing gratitude for their hard work and effort. While women's hockey opened the door to a larger yet remarkable world of sport, the quantum leap in women's football and global growth of women's basketball have only helped to fuel my interest in the female game. Some of the athletes that I admire include Caroline Ouellette and Natalie Spooner (hockey), Lolo Jones (track), Connie Fekete and Sami Grisafe (football) plus Anne Erler and Heather Furr (LFL football). Other athletes consist of Sue Bird and Katie Smith (basketball) along with Barbara Mervin and Heather Moyse (rugby). In addition to my efforts on WordPress, I have also contributed to Bleacher Report, the Canadian Women's Hockey League, Hockey Canada, LFL Canada and Women's Hockey Life.

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