"Throughout his illustrious career, John has displayed great leadership and energy both on and off of the football field," said Byron Trott, president, Horatio Alger Association and 2011 Horatio Alger Award recipient. "John has remained steadfast in his desire to excel professionally and donate his time and talents to initiatives that make a real difference. My fellow Members and I are proud to welcome him into our organization, and we have no doubt that he will serve as a strong advocate for the Association and its important mission."
Since 1988, Mr. Elway has served as chairman of the Elway Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 1983 that has raised more than $6 million for charities that help prevent child abuse and treat abuse victims in Colorado. He contributes to a number of charitable organizations and initiatives, some of which have included the Barbara Davis Children's Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Denver, Men for the Cure, Liberty Day, the Fund for Colorado's Future and Drive for Education. In 1992, Mr. Elway was awarded the prestigious "Edge NFL Man of the Year Award," which in recent years has been renamed the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. This is the only league-sponsored award that recognizes a player's off-the-field community work, in addition to playing excellence.
In accepting this honor, Mr. Elway commented, "There have been many extraordinary moments in my life, but being inducted into the Horatio Alger Association is one that is both gratifying and humbling. To be recognized in a group of such esteemed leaders – including several of my football industry peers – is an incredible feeling. I look forward to representing the Association with as much passion and dignity as I represent the Denver Broncos and I am excited to be able to support this meaningful organization."
Through its Members, Horatio Alger Association aims to educate young people about the limitless opportunities afforded to them by the free-enterprise system. To further this goal, the organization awards scholarships to outstanding high school students who are committed to pursuing higher education and giving back to their communities. Like Association Members, Horatio Alger Scholars have faced significant adversities, but have also displayed unmatched resilience in overcoming their challenges. Since the scholarship program was established in 1984, Horatio Alger Association has provided more than $125 million to students in need. Scholarships are privately funded solely through the generosity of Association Members, Life Partners and friends.
Mr. Elway and the Member Class of 2017 will be formally inducted into the Association on March 30-April 1, 2017, during the Association's 70th Horatio Alger Award Induction Ceremonies in Washington, D.C. The annual three-day event honors the achievements of both Members and National Scholars, affording both groups the opportunity to meet and interact, exchanging stories of hardships and triumphs.
For more information about Horatio Alger Association and its Member Class of 2017, please visit www.horatioalger.org and/or follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #HoratioAlgerAward.
About Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans:
Founded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. is dedicated to the simple but powerful belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles. The Association honors the achievements of outstanding leaders who have accomplished remarkable successes in spite of adversity by bestowing upon them the Horatio Alger Award and inducting them as lifetime Members. Horatio Alger Members support promising young people with the resources and confidence needed to overcome adversity in pursuit of their dreams through higher education. Through the generosity of its Members and friends, the Association awards more than $12 million annually in undergraduate and graduate need-based scholarships across the United States and Canada and provides college support and mentoring services to its Scholars. Since 1984, the Association has awarded more than $125 million in college scholarships to more than 25,000 deserving young people. For more information, please visit www.horatioalger.org.
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