June 1, 2013 in Announcement
Nick Lowery transcends any simple category. Hall of Fame athlete, Ivy scholar, Presidential aide, poet, teacher, philanthropist. Nick was inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2009. The most accurate and prolific field goal kicker in NFL History when he left the National Football League, Nick set four all-time NFL records. His story is about persistence, focus and passion. Before making it, he was cut by eight NFL teams eleven times! Nick is the only American to work for both President George H.W. Bush (1989) and President Bill Clinton (1993) in the White House Office of National Service. With a BA from Dartmouth College in Government, in 2002 Lowery became the first professional athlete with both a Masters and Fellowship from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He founded Champions for the Homeless six years ago, supporting St. Vincent De Paul’s family of friends with 18 events on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter each year with NFL, MLB, and NHL stars.
Nick’s lifetime of work is about giving power and voice to the next generation. He was instrumental in the creation and passage of Americorps in 1993 for President Bill Clinton and the Points of Light Foundation for President H.W. Bush. Programs the Nick Lowery Youth Foundation founded and which thrive today include: Adult Role Models for Youth (ARMY), now Youthfriends and a driving mentoring force in Kansas and Missouri) (in its 22nd year); Native Vision with Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health and the NFL Players Association (in its 16th year); Nation Building for Native Youth (NBNY), (in its 11th year); Founding Director of the National Fund for Excellence in American Indian Education; The Foundation’s newest program, NEXT (“New Extraordinary Examples of Transcendent” Leadership) integrates the Native American mini-tribal clan model and Harvard’s faction-based ‘Adaptive leadership’ concepts to develop leaders among a broad sector of all American youth, began at Dartmouth College in 2010. Nick promotes healthy development by hosting annually the Phoenix Sports Explosion, promoting fitness and health with the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission and the Women’s Sports Foundation with world renowned sports figures.
Nick was a winner of the NFL Player’s foremost humanitarian award: the Byron Whizzer White Award. He is a recipient of the U.S. Jaycees’ Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award (also won by Elvis and JFK). He received the UCP National Community Service Award from United Cerebral Palsy for his work with at risk and disabled youth. Nick is a finalist for the All Sports United 2013 Humanitarian Award for Excellence in Sports.
Nick says: “Passion with focus brings excellence. And when you know you are embracing your highest purpose, you will split the goalposts of your life!”