2013 Game Changers On Their Favorite Causes Or Charities

We asked each of this year’s Game Changers the following question:

What are your favorite causes or charities?

Here are their responses:


Mary Pat Augenthaler: Breast cancer awareness. My mother is a survivor and so are many close friends. I’m proud of what the NFL does to support breast cancer awareness in October.

Charlotte Jones Anderson: The Salvation Army, and the NFL Foundation and its efforts to promote our game and protect those who play it.

Cheryl Bailey: World Vision and Samaritan’s Purse — organizations that support children and create better opportunities for them.

Lisa Boggs: Pet/animal therapy — anything involving the unique healing bond between humans and animals.

Melissa Rosenthal Brenner: My family works and lives in New York City, and we like to support various charities and institutions located in the area, but the cause that is most important to me is the foundation we created in my mother’s memory to support multiple myeloma research [Linda Rosenthal Family Multiple Myeloma Research Fund].

Amy Brooks: Laudan Nabizadeh Fariborz Memorial Fund, a college scholarship established in memory of a good friend and former classmate who passed away unexpectedly this year.

Jacqie Carpenter: Sickle cell anemia, multiple myeloma (bone cancer), my church.

Kim Carver: Anything with children or animals.

Jennifer Chun: As a mom, charities and causes that focus on helping children really resonate with me. And as a working professional, I try to involve myself in as many mentoring opportunities as I can (both formal and informal). This last year, I have also been serving on the board of directors for NAMIC (National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications).

Vicky Chun: There’s an organization called Uplifting Athletes, and it’s working right now (I hope it will grow) with football programs, mainly Division I, but they help raise money for rare diseases. It’s run by Scott Shirley, who was a former athlete, and he has a very unique story. … And I’ve grown up always loving Jane Goodall, so the Jane Goodall Institute I’ll always support as well.

Susan Cohig: Anything related to children, with a focus on education and health.

Reagan Feeney: I’m drawn to anything related to young children. Currently, I spend my extra energy as a board member of The Growing Place, a nonprofit preschool devoted to building strong and independent young children.

Leslie Gamez: Team USA, of course, and anything in youth sports. It is critical to get young people interested and engaged in any sporting activity at an early age. Sports builds confidence and teaches important life skills that can be carried through to enhance all aspects of life and set the stage for healthy living.

Christine Garrity: The Folds of Honor Foundation and the PGA’s Diversity Scholarship Program.

Alison Giordano: Stand Up To Cancer. We’ve gotten very involved with it at MasterCard, and it is a great cause.

Michelle Grech: My favorite cause is my commitment to finding a cure for arthritis, especially since I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. I think there is an opportunity to challenge people’s convention that arthritis is an older person’s disease. I have truly enjoyed working with Mary Battle, the wife of Alabama AD Bill Battle, on this cause, as her daughter, Kayla, suffers from RA, as well. We have an opportunity to make a real difference by sharing our stories to help other young people live a normal, healthy, active lifestyle despite the challenges of arthritis.

Mimi Griffin: Any nonprofit that has as its goal the personal and economic empowerment of women.

Jennifer Hanley: Nationwide Children’s Hospital. They are globally ranked in terms of all the specialties they’re in. A lot of our sports marketing efforts go to raise additional funds for the hospital.

Lynn Hickey: My daughter had open-heart surgery in high school due to a heart defect, and so helping families with children with heart defects is very important to us. I just joined a local charity board called HeartGift San Antonio that helps to raise money for heart surgeries for disadvantaged families. I am also very supportive of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and am involved on campus with a faculty/staff faith-based group called First Light that is extending programming to our students.

Pam Hollander: Cancer charities. A couple of years ago, I had two family members sick at the same time: my sister-in-law with breast cancer, and her son with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Kelly Krauskopf: Catch the Stars Foundation. Tamika Catchings shows what professional athletes can do to change a child’s life.

Rachel Lewis: KidSport (provides access to sport for disadvantaged youth); CH.I.L.D. Foundation.

Lucia McKelvey: Anything that promotes a promising future for kids, both academically and through sports, is on my top list of causes. I’m also an advocate of cancer foundations like Race for the Cure, which leverages sports as a means to gain awareness and raise crucial funding.

Paula Miller: The NASCAR Foundation. The charitable arm of the NASCAR industry does good deeds across the sport.

Kathy Milthorpe: The LPGA Foundation’s Girls Golf program, the United Way and local economic development activities.

Diana Myers: I love to support friends and family who set personal running or biking goals to raise money for quality charities.

Kim Ng: Kids in Sports, National Public Radio.

Regina O’Brien: The First Tee. One of the things that is really important about our sport is to get kids involved, and I think The First Tee is an excellent organization that gets kids out there to play golf and also at the same time teaches them values in life that they can use day in and day out.

Maidie Oliveau: I am on the board of the California State Parks Foundation.

Ailey Penningroth: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; Donate Life.

Patty Power: Sports Video Group Sports Broadcasting Fund.

Donna Providenti: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Cycle for Survival is an amazing event that LeadDog produces. MSKCC has treated both my parents with great success, so it hits close to home.

Judy Rose: Children’s causes (fitness; abuse; literacy); women’s issues (domestic violence; wellness).

Julie Sobieski: Supporting my local community through the local food pantry and my church.

Amy Stanton: ASPCA, Humane Society, Women’s Sports Foundation.

Deborah Tymon: Military and veterans charities, including the Warrior Foundation and Wounded Warrior Project.

Lori Webb: Father Flanagan’s Boys & Girls Town, ALS [Association], and any organization dedicated to rescuing and adopting out abandoned dogs and cats.

Check back here each day this week for more personal insight from our 2013 Game Changers.


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