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Grassroot Soccer

Ethan’s predisposition toward advocacy, social enterprise, global health, and self-empowerment truly took shape in 2002, when he, with a portion of his winnings from Survivor: Africa, co-founded Grassroot Soccer, a first-of-its-kind NGO using the sport to teach young people self-reliance and critical life skills, such as HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, for the betterment of at-risk communities.

It was the realization of an idea that first came to light while playing soccer professionally in Zimbabwe, where he first came face- to-face with the toll and scale of the AIDS epidemic in Southern Africa. Since inception, the international organization has scaled up to 60 countries in Africa and worldwide, graduated 2.9 millions youth, and worked with scores of public- and private-sector partners. Ever the tireless and creative promoter, Ethan in 2008 did nothing short of dribble a soccer ball 600 miles on his own — Boston to Washington, DC — as a campaign to drum up visibility, awareness, and support.

Ethan’s work with Grassroot Soccer and in the field of public health earned him a place on US Soccer Foundation’s Most lmpactful People list for 2017. In 2015 BeyondSport named Ethan to their 50 Most Influential People—a list which, that year, also included Michelle Obama, Desmond Tutu, David Beckham, Muhammad Ali, and Billie Jean King.


Topics include: Survivorship, clinical trials/research,caregiver, fertility,young adult, mental health/anxiety,exercise with cancer, alternative therapy, gratitude, story telling, advocacy

Topics Include: Monitoring and evaluation, Organizational Structure, Curriculum Development, Partnerships, Fundraising, Board Development, Networking, Marketing/Social Media, Celebrity Ambassador and Influencer

Topics include: Leadership, Community, Philanthropy, Tikun Olam, Preservation of Israel

Topics Include: Relationships, Team Building – Survivor and Amazing Race style challenges, Community

Topics Include: Safe Practice and education, Cancer, Mental/Health Anxiety, Alternative Medicine, Entrepreneur

Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges, Character Development, Personal Growth and Achievement, Mental Health/Anxiety, Social Entrepreneurship, Health and Wellness, Leadership, Service Learning, HIV/AIDS


Lymphoma Research Foundation
Cancer Buddy
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS)
American Cancer Society Action Center
Ulman Cancer Fund
Stand Up to Cancer
Be The Match
Oncology Nursing Certification Corp (ONCC)
Pelotonia Opening ceremonies Speaker and Emcee
Gift of Life
AKTIV Against Cancer
Cycle For Survival
Gabrielles Angel Foundation
First Descents
Immerman Angels
Gilda’s Club Red Door Award
ePharma Summit
Livestrong Foundation
Twist Out Cancer
Stand Up 2 Cancer
The Sam’s Fund
Stupid Cancer
Camp Ooch

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Harvard School Of Public Health
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Jewish National Fund (JNF)
Jewish National Fund Futures
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Maccabi USA
Mittleman JCC
United Synagogue Youth

Seattle Genetics
Takeda Oncology
McKesson Pharmaceutical
Colorado Bio Sciences
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Kite Pharmaceutical
Takeda Pharma

Trulieve Cannabis
Goldman Sachs
Premier Mortgage Group
Young Professional Organization (YPO)
1871 Chicago
Strand Hospitality
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Peak 6 Financial
5th Ave Financial

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Moses Brown
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Pilot International
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Hoag Hospital
Nevada Cancer Institute

Major League Soccer
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Disney Princess Marathon
US Tennis Congress
US Soccer Hall of Fame
New York Road Runners – NYC Marathon
Miami Dolphins Cancer Challenge
James Blake Playing For A Cure
United Soccer Coaches
US Soccer Foundation
Beyond Sport
Street Football World Network
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