WASHINGTON, D.C. (PRWEB) June 19, 2013

The nations highest honor for community service is being awarded today to 20 extraordinary individuals and organizations whose selfless, noble and compassionate work has improved the lives of countless people and amplified our collective commitment to helping one another and contributing to the larger good.

Co-founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard, known as the Nobel Prize of public service, this years Jefferson Awards now in its 41st year recognizes contributions to service in eight separate categories, including: Greatest Public Service by an Elected or Appointed Official; Greatest Public Service by a Public Citizen; Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged; Greatest Public Service by an Individual 35 Years or Under, and Outstanding Service by an Athlete.

It is so easy to dismiss the opportunity to do something good, because you are hoping to do something great. There are opportunities every day, to make a difference in somebodys life. The Jefferson Awards encourages individuals to do something. Do not wait. Do not wait to do something, because you think it is small. said Joe Sanberg, Jefferson Awards Chairman. This is seen in the extraordinary work that our recipients are doing every day to touch the lives of so many people.

Under the leadership of Troy Vincent, NFL Senior Vice President for Player Engagement, the Jefferson Awards and the NFL Player Engagement have created a new strategic alliance. The Jefferson Awards will join with NFLPE to combine our efforts toward the PREP community (ages 25 years and under; male and female) to motivate, train and measure the impact of youth making their communities and the world a better place. Together, we will foster academic excellence, social commitment, community values, and the power of sports to create well-rounded, successful young adults.

For years both the NFL and the Jefferson Awards have each been deeply and firmly committed to community service, said Troy Vincent, Senior Vice President of NFL Player Engagement. We are extremely excited about the opportunity to assist young people in becoming 21st Century leaders beginning with their families, their peers and as partners in their community.

NFLPE will help support the Jefferson Awards Youth Service Challenge. This year 2013-2013, the Challenge had 3,673 student-led projects and involved more than 900,000 students across the country. Through the Jefferson Awards partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, 173 mayors have signed on to participate. With the NFLPEs support next year, to highlight the importance of student service and its community impact, we will launch a joint social media contest in the spring of 2013 with students competing for national prizes.


Charles Fazzino is one of the most popular artists in the world, and the worlds most popular 3-D artist. As the creator of 3-D limited edition fine art silkscreen serigraphs, he is best known for his obsession with bright colors and wonderful detail, the frenetic energy that infuses his work and a unique hand-assembled 3-D layering technique that brings his images to life.

June 2013 ends the Jefferson Awards celebration of its 40th Anniversary. The vision is for Charles to be our Official Artist for the next ten years through 2022. His work is exhibited in hundreds of fine art galleries and museums in twenty different countries. He is an officially licensed artist of the National Football League and the Super Bowl (2000 to the present), Major League Baseball and the MLB All-Star Game (2003 to the present) and the US Olympic Team (2000 to the present). He recently created official artwork for the Presidents Challenge for the Presidents Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, the NHL All-Star Game, Belmont Stakes, Daytona 500, Indy 500, the Country Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the President William J. Clinton Foundation. Charles is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City.


The Jefferson Awards is proud to announce that we have entered into a partnership with IvyConnect, a private community that connects inspiring thought leaders, innovators, and do-gooders. IvyConnects membership is made up of exemplary entrepreneurs, artists, policy-makers, and distinguished professionals, predominantly ages 24 to 45.

Part of IvyConnects mission is to encourage its members to be active citizens who give back to their communities. IvyConnect was co-founded by Harvard Business School classmates Beri Meric and Philipp Triebel, whose vision is to create a more inspired world by connecting remarkable people who make a global difference. Through private art gallery receptions, speaker series, trips, social impact projects, and a sophisticated digital platform, IvyConnect facilitates strong connections, meaningful conversations, and important community service opportunities. IvyConnects goal is to connecting outstanding people across 50 global cities within the next five years.


U.S. Senator Tom Coburn and U.S. Senator Pat Leahy

U.S. Senator Tom Coburn wins the 2013 Jefferson Award for a lifetime of distinguished and dedicated service. Senator Coburns public service is demonstrated in many forms: as medical doctor to his community, a deacon to his congregation, and a U.S. Senator to his constituents.Related resources