Ethan Zohn - The Ambassadors
Co-Founder, Grassroot Soccer
Former professional soccer player
Ethan Zohn is the 2002 winner of the reality television show Survivor.
With a portion of his 1 million dollar prize money, Ethan co-founded Grassroot Soccer, a nonprofit organization that trains professional soccer players to teach African children, through a tailor-made curriculum, about HIV/AIDS prevention. By the FIFA World Cup in South Africa in 2010, the organisation’s goal is to reach one million African youths with then knowledge, life skills and support to live healthier lives.
In August 2008, Ethan officially launched Grassroot Soccer UNITED an international, youth-led movement to mobilize the global soccer community to fight and ends HIV/AIDS in Africa, by embarking on a world-record-breaking 550-mile journey on foot, from Boston, MA, to Washington, D.C. – dribbling a soccer ball the entire route.
In May—less than 30 days after his diagnoses with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma— Ethan was asked to serve as National Ambassador for “Stand Up 2 Cancer.” Zohn has also been asked to stand in for Lance Armstrong as the keynote speaker for all of the LiveStrong Challenge Races this past summer while Lance was training and competing in the Tour de France. Ethan happily did both while battling his cancer.
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 U.S. 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.
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 (Massachusetts, USA) and Hawaii Tsunami (Hawaii, USA). Ethan also played for the 1997 and 2001 U.S. National Maccabiah squads.