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Soccer and Sustainability: A Survivor's Story

Soccer and Sustainability: A Survivor's Story

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Date: Friday, May 30, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Robertson Hall Bowl 016
Other: Reception to follow

As part of Princeton Reunions 2014, Engineers Without Borders and the Keller Center are please to welcome to campus Mr. Ethan Zohn, former professional soccer player, winner of the hit reality television show Survivor: Africa in 2002, and competitor on Season 19 of The Amazing Race. Mr. Zohn will speak about his humanitarian work. Download the event poster.

As some World Cup soccer enthusiasts and philanthropists may know, Mr. Zohn is the co-founder of Grassroots Soccer, an organization that harnesses the power and appeal of soccer to teach African youth about HIV/AIDS prevention.  A motivated humanitarian, a cancer survivor, and the author of multiple books, Mr. Zohn is an inspiration to many. 

The speaker portion of the event will be followed by a reception in Bernstein Gallery (in the basement of Robertson Hall, outside Bowl 016). 

Sponsored by Princeton University's Engineers Without Borders student chapter and the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education.

Speaker Bio
In August 2008, Ethan officially launched Grassroot Soccer UNITED an international, youth-led movement to raise money and build awareness for his foundation and mission to end HIV/AIDS in Africa, by embarking on a world-record-breaking 550-mile journey on foot, from Boston, MA, to Washington, DC--dribbling a soccer ball the entire route. Ethan is also the national spokesperson for America Scores, an organization that helps inner city kids participate in educational soccer programs. Other extensive charity work includes the Colon Cancer Alliance, Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization (IREO), Autism Speaks, St. Jude Hospital and Maccabi USA.

In May 2009--less than 30 days after his diagnoses with Hodgkin's Lymphoma was made public on the cover of People Magazine--Ethan was asked to serve as National Ambassador for "Stand Up 2 Cancer" and to stand in for Lance Armstrong as the keynote speaker for all of his LiveStrong Challenge Races while Lance was competing in the Tour de France. Most recently, Ethan was asked to be a panelist for the Clinton Global Initiative University Series starting in April 2010.

In recognition for his charitable work, Ethan has been awarded the "Nkosi Johnson Community Spirit Award" by the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, the "Heroes Among Us Award" from the Boston Celtics and the Massachusetts State Health Department and the "Auxilia Chimusoro Award" from the US State Department in Zimbabwe. In addition, he was awarded the 2007 Peace Abby "Courage of Conscience," the 2008 A Caring Hand's "Philanthropic Achievement Award," and was named one of People Magazine's "Helpers of the Year" in 2005.

In 2005, Ethan was voted Campus Activities Magazine's "Rookie of the Year."
Originally from Lexington, MA, Ethan graduated from Vassar College in upstate New York, going on to play professional soccer for Highlanders FC (Zimbabwe), Cape Cod Crusaders and Hawaii Tsunami. Ethan also played for the 1997 and 2001 U.S. National Maccabiah squads.

Off the field, from 1998 to 2002, Ethan was the assistant coach for the Fairleigh Dickinson University Men and Women's soccer teams. In 2003, he was the head coach of the US National Maccabiah team at the Pan-American Maccabiah Games, in Santiago, Chile.

Ethan resides in New York City.