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The AAU Sullivan Award is one of the most prestigious awards an amateur athlete can win (think Oscars for amateur athletes) and it is held annually at the New York Athletic Club. It has been won by the likes of Shawn Johnson, Michael Phelps, Sarah Hughes amongst others.
Last year, I was honored to be asked to host the award show and I’m very excited that I’ve been asked back! This year’s nominees include Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek and Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton amongst others and the award will be given at the ceremony held on March 14 at the NYAC.
You can vote for the finalists at the USA Today website linked below and read more about all the semi-finalists!
2010 AAU Sullivan Award Semi-Finalists
The AAU Sullivan Committee is proud to announce the 2010 AAU Sullivan Award Semi-finalists.
These twelve outstanding athletes give it their all on and off the field or court. They have talent, leadership, character and sportsmanship; they have what it takes to be America’s top Amateur Athlete. Learn more about these individuals through his/her biographies, and then go online to vote at USA Today for your choice to be honored with the 81st Annual AAU Sullivan Award. Vote today online at USA Today by clicking here.
You heard me right Big Fella!
Ok, please don’t hurt me if we actually meet and duel! Lol
It’s actually a very cool concept and there will also be a large charitable aspect to the show as each episode will involve fundraising for charities and a main event where the athlete will take on Shaq in their sport.
This would be an amazing opportunity to showcase fencing andsupport some of our charities! If anyone could help give fencing’s visibility a boost its Shaquille O’Neal!
So, Mr. O’Neal, if you’d like to duel…we’re here waiting!
Helping charities, promoting fencing and attending fun events…all things Jason and I will be able to do more of thanks to our new partnership with Grand Stand Sports!
They have worked with such great charities as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the American Cancer Society and Children’s Miracle Network to name a few. Our clinic will help raise funds for great causes like these as well as exposing new people to our sport!
The idea for the clinic was inspired by Michael Phelps, who offers a chance to swim with him as an item that charities can auction and then every once in awhile he conducts his clinic with the winning bidders. On our end, every other month Jason and I will conduct a fencing clinic at the Manhattan Fencing Center for the winning bidders so this works well with our busy training schedules.
If you know of any charities that would like to have a silent or live auction…it’s free for the charity, and they provide the staff and set the auction up. The items offered are also more than just sporting items and they can walk a charity through their offerings.
Vanity Fair online’s Society and Style section had an article about all the events in NYC last night and how Michael Phelps, Oprah and Britney were all within blocks of each other.
In their write up of the Sports Illustrated “Sportsman of the year” party they mentioned four people that were in attendance– Michael Phelps, Eli Manning…(and then amazingly they mentioned)…Jason Rogers and me!
From Vanity Fair:
“Tim Morehouse and Jason Rogers, the Olympic silver medalists in fencing who have been very conspicuously making the party rounds in Manhattan lately. “
Totally funny. Are we making progress to promote our sport? (Hope so!) Kudos to Vanity Fair writer Jessica Flint for the mention…we’ll have to get her fencing sometime soon!
Michael Phelps Honored as SI “Sportsman of the Year” as NY Giants Eli Manning, Brandon Jacobs, NY Ranger Legend Mike Richter and Olympic Silver Medalists Tim Morehouse and Jason Rogers Turn out to honor HimDecember 3, 2008
Tuesday night at the Gehry designed IAC building, legends of New York City sports and several hundred guests turned out to honor Michael Phelps as the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.
Special guests included New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, (perhaps a long lost brother of Phelps?), running back Brandon Jacobs, NHL Hall of Fame Ranger Mike Richter, Super Mom Deborah Phelps, NY Giants legend Harry Carson, several NHL players and yours truly Olympic Medalists/Good Guys/Fencing Promoters Jason Rogers and Tim Morehouse.
Why the rave reviews? Cabanas, amazing food, synchronized swimmers performing in the pool mid-party (seriously!), women’s soccer team members doing conga lines with their gold medals, every athlete in attendance(post competition of course!) and the list goes on and on…
Sadly, in Beijing there were no SI parties (although any rumor of one spread like wildfire), but luckily they had this one in NYC! And true to form, the party did not disappoint. The AIC space was decked out with the SI logo (pillows on the couches to the logo on the napkins), the music was rocking and a cool electronic wall sported various sponsors logos and Olympic highlights. And as would be expected, copious amounts of the Michael Phelps SI issue were strategically placed throughout the space.
Brandon Jacobs proudly showed off his super bowl ring (so big that it would be a bracelet for most people), Eli Manning was extremely gracious, staying long after most athletes had left to talk to fans, take pictures and sign autographs. Mike Richter chatted about the good old days of the Rangers, and super mom Deborah Phelps was even in attendance and she mixed and mingled with all the athletes like a true pro while keeping a motherly eye on her son .
Where will we be next?
You can catch up with us from 6:30pm-9pm on Friday at our Holiday Cocktail Party at Rock N Sake (139 W. 25th).
Fortnight in Review: Jason Rogers and Tim Morehouse’s Live, Broadcast and Online Adventures with Boys Town New York, Fox Business and Contributing EditorDecember 1, 2008
Posted by Jason Rogers
It was a busy “fortnight” indeed (definition: two weeks), and in many ways it feels like Tim and I have been around the world and back with the eclectic nature of our activities. Let’s just put it this way: if you collected all the people that we collaborated with in the last couple weeks in a bar, you would have yourself quite an interesting (perhaps even disastrous) cocktail hour.
To kick it all off we headed down to Capitale for the annual Boys Town Building Hope Gala. In addition to enjoying the wry humor of Master of Ceremonies Len Berman, the inspiring words of Boys Town success stories Maureen and Ricardo, and the sultry voices of singers Chrisette Michele and Karina Pasian, we had the great pleasure of kicking off the live auction with sale the of our 2 fencing clinics for an eye popping 20,000 dollars! The Olympians were in full force bringing in a total of 30,000 dollars with the additional sale of Michael Phelps swim clinic for 10,000 dollars.
The next stop on our itinerary included the Waldorf-Astoria’s Bull and Bear bar and a shift from live to broadcast with our appearance on Fox Business News’ show, “Happy Hour.” We did a little verbal fencing with hosts Cody Willard and Rebecca Diamond, and topics of discussion included projected budget cuts for London’s 2012 Olympic Games, the Olympic Spirit, and fencing’s comeback in the world of popular sports.
Last but certainly not least was our foray into fashion with our photo-article appearing in online fashion blog Contributing Editor. Never has fencing been portrayed with such an interesting combination of sexiness and gravitas, but we can take no credit for that masterpiece. We placed ourselves in the capable hands of photographer Jeffery Graetsch and Contributing Editor founder Matthew Edelstein and the result was indeed quite magical.
As part of therfundraising efforts for the charity Boys Town, Jason and I offered a package where we would teach kids to fence as one of five items for people to bid on in a live auction at their annual gala. Our item had the lowest starting bid on paper at $500 dollars and we were a bit worried about how we would sell up against the other things. (Swimming in the pool with Michael Phelps was one of them!)
For the auction, they brought us up on stage and I felt so nervous staring out at the crowd as the bidding began. Someone yelled out “$1000” and then I breathed a sigh of relief that we were at least going to sell! Then something I didn’t expect happened, the price kept rising! People shouted out, “$2500″ then “$5000″ up and up it went!
The final bid went to Kathy Guarino for $10,000 dollars! Even more amazing is that her enthusiasm inspired another gala goer, Dave Schaefer, to match her gift! Our package ended up bringing in $20,000 dollars! (Michael Phelps brought in only $10,000! We doubled Phelps!)
We couldn’t have been happier to help out such an amazing organization and Mrs. Guarino and Mr. Schaefer have our full respect for putting up so much money despite the economy. So many children are going to be helped as a result of their donations.
The organization, founded by Father Flanagan in 1917 to help some of our country’s most disadvantaged children. More than 90 years later the organization helps more than 50,000 abused, abandoned and neglected boys and girls a year. Two of the children, Maureen and Ricardo, took the stage and shared their inspirational stories. Both faced struggles including serving time in jail, being abused and dropping out of school. With the help of Boys Town, they are now back on track and also becoming role models for their fellow children in the Boys Town family.
I always try to think about myself facing those circumstances and wonder if I would have made it out or been able to achieve what I have without the support I had in my life? It’s one of those thoughts that puts life in perspective because I don’t know if I would have won an Olympic medal or had as much success as I’ve had facing the odds that they faced. By the time they were done speaking, I was in tears. Needless to say, the kids were truly the heroes of the night!
Also in attendance were singers Chrisette Michele, Dawn Richard and Karina Pasian.