Tyler Spencer

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Tyler founded The Grassroot Project, the first not-for-profit to use NCAA college athletes as HIV educators, using sports to empower local at-risk youth with the knowledge, skills, and support to live healthy lives.

Winner/Finalist Info
Finalist or Winner: 
Finalist
State: 
DC
Describe what this winner does/did: 
After interning in South Africa with Grassroots Soccer (an HIV/AIDS education program), Tyler realized the need for programming in his own area of Washington, DC, where 1 in every 20 people is HIV-positive—an infection rate that’s nine times the national average. He founded The Grassroot Project, the first not-for-profit to use NCAA college athletes as HIV educators, using sports to empower local at-risk youth with the knowledge, skills, and support to live healthy lives. Thanks to Tyler, 227 college athletes have taught HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention programs to 3,000 students across DC.
Year in which award/grant was awarded: 
2011
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