World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame Inducts NBA's Adonal Foyle, MLS great Diego Gutierrez, US hurdler Tracy Mattes

Sorry I missed this but certainly want to highlight the organization and its newest members. Congratulations to all.

You can find the full press release at, with an excerpt below.


BOISE, Idaho . NBA center Adonal Foyle, Major League Soccer great Diego Gutierrez and world-class hurdler Tracy Mattes have been selected for 2009 induction into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame (

Foyle is being honored for his work in helping voting-age youth to understand campaign finance reform in America by founding the non-partisan group Democracy Matters ( and for his work empowering youth in the Eastern Caribbean and in the U.S. to take control of their futures through his Kerosene Lamp Foundation( Gutierrez is being honored for his efforts to prevent the some 3,000 daily malariarelated deaths in Africa through his work with Nothing But Nets ( Mattes is being honored forher work as a special representative to the United Nations World Tourism Organization ( Her efforts are focused on harnessing the developmental power of tourism in the fight against world poverty.

“Adonal Foyle, Diego Gutierrez and Tracy Mattes are examples to athletes everywhere, our youth and our peers of how giving back can profoundly impact the lives of others,” said Rick Frisch, president of the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame. “Today, communities across the country and the world are faced with so much need. It is refreshing to find our most visible role models . world class athletes, taking it upon themselves to identify unique social concerns important to them and developing a culture of service for others to follow. We are honored to have Adonal, Diego and Tracy among us. They truly represent All that is Good in Sport.”

The sports humanitarians will be enshrined among a fraternity of over 40 world-class athletes for their extraordinary commitment to community service. The Hall.s 15th annual induction ceremonies get underway at 7 p.m. Mountain time on Thursday, September 24 in Boise, Idaho.

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