One Person Can
Having used his Survivor fame and fortune to establish an international nonprofit organization, Ethan Zohn stresses the importance of an individual’s duty to give back and shares ways we can all take an active role towards social change in our communities.
Character: The Ultimate Survivor Tool
Sharing character building experiences from his own life, Ethan delves deeply into the issue of character: where is comes from, why it matters, and how it can help make important decisions in one’s life.
Ethan Zohn is the 2002 winner of the reality television show Survivor. With his 1 million dollar prize money, Ethan co-founded Grassroot Soccer (GRS), a nonprofit organization that trains professional soccer players to teach African children, through a tailor-made curriculum, about HIV/AIDS prevention. Since its inception, GRS has caught the attention of (and now partners with) Nike, the Gates Foundation, USAID, FIFA, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Barclays and MAC AIDS Fund, and has ‘graduated’ over 550,000 youths.
In August 2008, Ethan officially launched Grassroot Soccer UNITED an international, youth-led movement to end 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. Ethan then spearheaded the creation of the GRS Endurance Team, which has enabled over 200 athletes to compete in the NY, Boston and LA Marathons, raising over $500,000 allowing more than 20,000 children to go through the program.
In 2010, less than 10 months after receiving an Allogenic Stem Cell Transplant for a rare form of Hodgkins Lymphoma, Ethan captained the GRS Marathon Team and finished the 26.2 -mile run in just over four hours. Unfortunately, a year later Ethan learned that the cancer had returned. Once again, Ethan rose to the occasion and decided to run the 2011 NYC Marathon while undergoing chemotherapy and finished in 4 hr & 20 minutes. In 2012, Ethan underwent a second stem cell transplant and like clockwork, 10 months later laced up his running shoes to run the 2013 Boston Marathon, but was unable to finish due to the tragic bombings that took place in his hometown.
In the summer of 2010, Ethan and Grassroot Soccer teamed up with the (RED) Campaign to bring Soccer Skillz Camps to children in South Africa during the highly publicized and watched 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Ethan is a global ambassador for BEYOND SPORT, an organization that promotes, develops and supports the use of sport to create positive social change across the world. Other extensive charity work includes the Autism Speaks, America Scores, PETA, Stupid Cancer, St. Jude Hospital, Cycle for Survival, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, Maccabi USA and International Leadership Program (a part of Global-Lab).
In April 2009, Ethan was first diagnosed with CD 20+ Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and soon thereafter was asked to serve as a National Ambassador for Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). He spearheaded reality TV’s involvement with SU2C by creating the SURVIVOR SU2C. Ethan is also a Global Envoy for LIVESTRONG and MOVEMBER and is a keynote speaker at a variety of events.
In the fall of 2011, after 20 months of being in remission, Zohn was told his cancer had returned. He quickly and without hesitation persevered, using his platform to continue to be "the megaphone" for the young adult generation battling cancer. He engaged with his fans through People Magazine's online presence People.com. Through an in depth video web series, Ethan opened up about his fight, showing the raw truthfulness behind this disease – the humor, the fear, the doctors, hospitals etc. Ethan guest writes for the Huffington Post.
Today, he continues to use his celebrity to educate others by speaking at events around the country as an agent of change. Through his charitable work, volunteerism, and community involvement – Ethan is definitely someone who continues to make this world a better place. Ethan’s accolades and recognition do not stop there. He serves as part of the Clinton Global Initiative, being utilized as a panelist at various events. 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.
He was given the “The Heroes Among Us Award” from the Boston Celtics and the MA State Health, and the “Auxilia Chimusoro Award” from the U.S. State Department in Zimbabwe. In addition, in April 2013, he received the Gilda’s Club “Gildie Red Door for Advocacy Award”. In 2012, Zohn was inducted into the Xfinity Survivor Hall Of Fame. He has also received a 2011 Honorary Doctorate Of Humane Sciences Degree from Dominican College, the 2011 “Ulman Family Fund Award” and the “Mia Hamm Foundation Courage Award”. In 2008, he won A Caring Hand’s “Philanthropic Achievement Award”, the 2007 Peace Abby “Courage of Conscience Award”, and was named one of People Magazine’s “Helpers of the Year” in 2005.
Ethan and SURVIVOR Amazon Winner Jenna Morasca were the hosts of the 2012 Daytime Emmy-nominated ABC show Everyday Health, which launched September 2011. They travel the country covering stories on amazing people who have gone through a health crisis and continue to use the power of the human spirit to not only better themselves, but the communities around them.
With a strong desire for competition, Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca appeared as contestants on the Emmy award-winning show The Amazing Race season 19.
Ethan also is the co-host of OUTSIDE TODAY, airing on the national cable station Outside Television Network. Launched summer 2010, OUTSIDE TODAY is a morning chat show and America’s active outside leader covering all aspects of living active lifestyle.
With a passion for soccer, Ethan’s broadcasting days started as a host for the MSG Soccer Report (Madison Square Garden Network) and FC Fox (Fox Soccer Chanel), in addition to working as a sideline commentator/analyst for The US Men’s National Soccer Team at the 2002 World Cup, MLS, USL1, MISL, and ESPN Radio.
Other credits include Survivor: All.Stars, Eco.Challenge Fiji, Fear Factor, Challenger World, Celebrity Paranormal Project, guest-host appearances on MTV and VH1, a principal role in the feature film The Scorned. Ethan was featured in the documentary film A Closer Walk along with The Dalai Lama, Bono and Kofi Annan.
As a motivational speaker, Ethan routinely addresses high schools, colleges, corporate and professional sports audiences, including The American Cancer Society, Goldman Sachs, NCAA, WE Day, Atlantic Health Systems, Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, Seattle Genetics, Genentech and many more.
Ethan’s latest endeavor is co-authoring the three-part children’s educational book series. Soccer World: South Africa was the number 1 children’s book on Amazon.com for May and June 2010.
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 and the Hawaii Tsunami (Hawaii, USA). Ethan also played for the 1997 and 2001 U.S. National Maccabiah squads.
From 1998 to 2002, Ethan was the Assistant Coach for Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Men and Women’s soccer teams. In 2003, he was Head Coach of the U.S. Maccabiah team at the Pan-American Maccabiah Games, in Chile.
An aspiring inventor, Ethan created the EZ Crunch Bowl (www.EZCruchbowl.com) which has been featured on the Discovery Channel hit show, Pitch Men with Anthony Sullivan and Billy Mays.
Ethan resides in New York City.