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Grassroot Soccer is proud to have been recognized for our work.

Awards and recognition include:

  • Impumelelo Social Innovation Platinum Award, 2013: GRS South Africa was recognized for the SKILLZ Street program for girls and the organization’s contributions to improving the lives of South Africans.
  • GOOD Pioneers of Health Award, 2013: GRS’s SKILLZ Street program and program coordinator Boitumelo Rakosa were recognized for creative and innovative work in solving health problems in Africa.
  • Charity Navigator Four-Star Rating (highest rating) (2011 and 2012)
  • Charity Navigator Top Ten List of Charities Expanding in a Hurry (2011 and 2012)
  • Women Deliver 50, 2012: GRS’s SKILLZ Street program was honored as one of the most innovative ideas and solution that are delivering for girls and women around the globe.
  • list of “Ten Leading Socially Engaged Nonprofits“, 2012
  • New England Patriots “Patriots Difference Maker of the Week” for Coach Lucky Mfundisi, 2012.
  • GRS South Africa: Finalist, Sport for Health Category, Beyond Sport Awards, 2011
  • Chase Community Giving top 100 award winner 2011
  • Winner, Nike/Ashoka Sports for a Better World Collaborative Competition,2008 (GRS was named one of the three most innovative, effective, and sustainable organizations in the Sports for Development Field, out of 382 organizations entered from 69 countries).
  • MySpace Impact Awards, 2008

Individual awards:
Dr. Tommy Clark, Founder:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics Annie Dyson Child Advocacy Award
  • Dartmouth College Martin Luther King Award, 2005
  • International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, Nkosi Johnson Award
  • The Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award
  • Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Society

Methembe Ndlovu, Co-Founder:

  • Dartmouth College Martin Luther King Award, 2010

Ethan Zohn, Co-Founder:

  • Nkosi Johnson Community Spirit Award, International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, 2004
  • Heroes Among Us Award, Boston Celtics and the Massachusetts State Health Department
  • Auxilia Chimusoro Award, US State Department in Zimbabwe

Grassroot Soccer has also been featured in the film documentary, A Closer Walk, the first film to depict humankind’s confrontation with the world’s HIV epidemic.