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San Francisco 49ers Foundation Honored With 2013 Steve Patterson Award
Posted Date: 9/26/2013
September 26, 2013 (SANTA CLARA, Calif.) – The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) named the San Francisco 49ers Foundation, Tony Hawk Foundation, and the LA84 Foundation recipients of the 2013 Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy. The class of 2013 winners was announced on September 25, at a ceremony in Princeton, N.J., where RWJF hosted a celebration of sports philanthropy, inviting 2013 award applicants, past winners and the review committee to an exclusive day of learning, networking and recognizing excellence in the field.

The Patterson Award celebrates and promotes those in the sports world who are improving lives by leveraging the unique influence of sports. The 49ers Foundation joins an elite list of past honorees that are unwavering in their commitment to give back to their communities.

"It is an honor to present the Patterson Award to these three outstanding sports philanthropic organizations and celebrate the positive impact they make in their communities," said RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD. "The core values of these sports philanthropies align with the core values we espouse -- dedication to community and improving the health of everyone in America. It is genuinely inspiring to see their commitment to advancing health and wellness and we are proud to recognize their impact."

The San Francisco 49ers community initiatives demonstrate the team's commitment to creating strong families, schools, and communities through hands-on community service and numerous in-kind donations. The 49ers have continually displayed their commitment to creating measurable results through transformational grants and impact programs, donating nearly $20 million over the past 20 years. Their partnership with the 49ers Academy, a school for low-income, middle school youth, embodies their mission to “keep kids safe, on track and in school.” In addition to providing funding and personal support from players and team ownership, the 49ers have helped to build the Academy’s facilities, donate supplies and educate its students about exercise and the importance of education. These efforts are true examples of the transformative and lasting impact of the team’s work.

“The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Steve Patterson Award embody what we strive for at the 49ers Foundation, and that’s to improve our community by using sports as a platform to connect with other things that make the Bay Area a better place,” said John York, chairman of the 49ers Foundation and co-chairman of the 49ers. “To be recognized for the difference we make in the community, through the interactions and connections of our players, coaches, family and fans, is truly an honor.”

“Off the field, the statistic we are most proud of is that one hundred percent of the team’s players have participated in one or more community events each of the last two years,” shared Joanne Pasternack, Executive Director of the 49ers Foundation and Director of Community Relations. “When our current and alumni players, ownership and executives participate in an event, they aren’t just showing up – they are rolling up their sleeves and participating fully, making a tangible difference in the community. The Foundation does more than just make financial contributions – we build playgrounds, play board games with kids fighting cancer, speak with incarcerated youth about turning their lives around, and execute hundreds of youth football camps, among many other activities. Philanthropy is something that is deeply rooted in the culture of the entire organization.”


Previous winners of the Patterson Award have included:
Philadelphia Eagles Youth Partnership (2005)
Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation (2006)
Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation (2007)
The Moyer Foundation (2007)
San Francisco Giants Community Fund (2008)
Steve Nash Foundation (2008)
Marvin Lewis Community Fund (2009)
Red Sox Foundation (2009)
Dikembe Mutombo Foundation (2010)
U.S. Soccer Foundation (2010)
Cincinnati Reds Community Fund (2011)
Brian Griese and Judi's House (2011)
Chicago White Sox Foundation (2012)
Notah Begay Foundation (2012)
Women's Sports Foundation (2012)

For more information about the Steve Patterson Award and past winners, please visit

About the San Francisco 49ers Foundation
The San Francisco 49ers Foundation is the non-profit community funding extension of the San Francisco 49ers. Now in its 21st year, the 49ers Foundation supports development programs for underserved youth that keep them, “Safe, On Track, and In School." The San Francisco 49ers are promoting RESPECT for schools and community by donating a significant portion of the foundation’s funding toward family violence prevention programs and activities that teach youth leadership and respect. Since 1992, the Foundation has donated over $20 million to support non-profits, including $2.9 million in 2012.
To learn more visit their website at You can also visit the 49ers on Facebook at and on Twitter @49ers.

About the Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy
The Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy is presented annually by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The award acknowledges sports organizations and individual sports philanthropies that have demonstrated excellence, leadership, and a sustained commitment toward a mission that serves and improves the lives of others. Follow the award on Twitter ( or Facebook (

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For more than 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit Follow the Foundation on Twitter ( or Facebook (

49ers Contact: Talia Malik – (408) 986-4891 –

49ers 2013 Patterson Award Winners

Joanne Pasternack (left) of the San Francisco 49ers Foundation accepts her 2013 Patterson Award celebrating sports philanthropy from Robert Johnson Foundation President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey (center) and Carlette Patterson of the Patterson Foundation (right), held on Wednesday September 25, 2013 at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey.