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our 
vision

Our vision is an

athlete-driven movement creating social impact.

ABOUT US

Our origins

Athletes for Hope is a non-profit organisation that was founded in the United States in 2007 by Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Warrick Dunn, Jeff Gordon, Mia Hamm, Tony Hawk, Andrea Jaeger, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mario Lemieux, Alonzo Mourning, and Cal Ripken, Jr. As athletes who shared a deep commitment to giving back, these founders joined forces to create an organisation that brings athletes together, to educate, inspire, and empower them to channel their energy for a common goal: to make a difference in the world through sports philanthropy.

Athletes for Hope has grown from its original Founders to over 8,000 athletes across 25 sports and leagues, including the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and the Olympic movement. These athletes take part in a 'Causeway' program which provides educational workshops and one-on-one guidance for each athlete through their personal philanthropic journey. Athletes for Hope is the largest sports philanthropic non-profit organisation in the United States.

Athletes for Hope Australia is the first international chapter of Athletes for Hope and was brought to Australia in 2020 by sports professionals Iain Roy and Laura Johnston. 

Athletes for Hope Australia is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission with Deductible Gift Recipient status.

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our BOARD

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Lisa Hasker

Chair

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Iain Roy

Director

Sally Phillips

Sally Phillips

Director

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Laura Johnston

Director

Sunil Menon

Sunil Menon

Director

Lynne Anderson

Lynne Anderson

Director

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Chris Downes

Director

Lauren Gandini

Lauren Gandini

Director

Matt Butterworth

Matt Butterworth

Director

our ambassadors

TheTeam
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Our team

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Iain Roy

Co-Founder

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Shelley Tilbrook

Marketing

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Laura Johnston

Co-Founder

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Julia Symons

Chief Impact Officer

OUR VALUES

What we stand for

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INTEGRITY

  • We are true to our values

  • We do as we say

  • We seek “Personal Bests” – always

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CONNECTION

  • We inspire, support, empower and celebrate

  • We hear you

  • We nurture our relationships

IMPACT

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  • We believe in the power of sport to influence our community

  • We encourage innovation 

  • We change lives

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