CHICAGO — Greenville native Matt Light and his nonprofit organization, The Light Foundation, won the 2014 Humanitarian Award and its $100,000 prize from All Sports United.
Light, who played professional football for the New England Patriots, founded The Light Foundation in 2011 to help at-risk youth. The $100,000 prize, given annually to a professional athlete for excellence in philanthropy, will help the foundation further its mission and pubic exposure.
“I’ve been doing this for over a decade, working alongside people who tirelessly give their time,” Light said, according to All Sports United. “For all the people that do that, this night is all about them. It’s such an honor and such a humbling moment. It’s just incredible.”
The Light Foundation was selected for a group of 40 nominations for the award. Light was one of 12 finalists along with Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks), Bill Belichick (New England Patriots), Allison Baver (Olympic speed skater), Isiah Thomas (National Basketball Association) and others.
The finalists were determined by an online vote. They then gathered in Chicago for a ceremony where a panel chose The Light Foundation as the winner.
“We’re very proud of all of our finalists, “All Sports United Co-Founder Alan Pavlovsky said, according to the organization. “They’ve all presented themselves extremely well and have put in hard work. Matt Light couldn’t make us more proud as our winner. He’s very humble, shies away from self-promotion and works very hard to help people. It’s his calling and our calling to recognize him.”
For more information on All Sports United and its Sports Philanthropy Initiative, visit www.allsportsunited.org.