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Somdev Devvarman

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Somdev Devvarman co-founded the Athletes United for Social Justice in 2009. It’s the first non-profit organisation to be founded entirely by former National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) athletes. Its mission is to use the power of sports in the fight against HIV/AIDS by providing youth with the knowledge, skills, and support to lead healthy lives.

Washington DC has an HIV/AIDS rate that is not only the highest in the USA, but rivals some African countries. One out of every 20 adults in DC is living with HIV, and infection rates among youth aged 13-24 have almost tripled in the past five years.

Highlights

Athletes United for Social Justice has created a program called The Grassroot Project (TGP) to educate youth about the disease. TGP trains university athletes as mentors to conduct an innovative, sports-based HIV prevention program for youth. 

In 2012, Athletes United for Social Justice received a $10,000 grant from ATP ACES for Charity. Somdev Devvarman said, of this grant:

“Funds and support from ATP for 2011-2012 were instrumental in helping us to increase the amount of youth in DC that have graduated from our programs.  To date, over 400 athletes from the three universities have been trained as TGP coaches and role models.”


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