Zohn a Barclays New York Challenge Ambassador

Survivor: Africa winner and Grassroot Soccer co-founder will focus on building a legacy of comm

Ethan Zohn

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World Series of Football and Red Bull New York named Ethan Zohn, Survivor Winner and Grassroot Soccer co-founder, a 2010 Barclays New York Challenge Ambassador.  As Ambassador, Zohn will focus his efforts on building a legacy of community service associated with the Tournament. Zohn will work with WSF and the clubs in the tournament to design a community service project that will benefit the New York area for years to come.

The Barclays New York Challenge will take place from July 22-25 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ.   In addition to the Red Bulls, English Premiership giants Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur will participate along with Sporting Club de Portugal (Sporting Lisbon) from Portuguese Liga. Tickets are available by calling 1.877.RBSOCCER or logging onto www.newyorkredbulls.com.

After winning Survivor: Africa in 2002, Ethan Zohn co-founded Grassroot Soccer, an international organization that uses Africa's most powerful role models, pro soccer players, to educate youth about the dangers of HIV/AIDS. Since it’s founding, GRS has caught the attention of (and now partners with) Nike Inc., The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, FIFA’s Futbol for Hope, BP/Castrol, The Elton John Foundation, DeBeers and the Kellogg Foundation, and has graduated over 330,000 youth from its program. A former pro soccer player himself, Zohn launched Grassroot Soccer UNITED, a U.S. based awareness campaign, by dribbling a soccer ball 550 miles from Boston, Mass., to Washington D.C. Soon after the Dribble, he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.  After a two year battle, he is currently cancer-free.  Recently, Zohn was asked to be a global ambassador for Stand Up To Cancer and the LiveStrong Foundation.

In addition, Zohn also keeps himself busy as the national spokesman for America Scores and lends his celebrity to multiple charity organizations, including Colon Cancer Alliance, Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization (IREO), St. Jude Hospital, and Maccabi USA.   Most recently, he was the host of Earth Tripping, an eco-friendly travel adventure show.  Zohn returned to reality-TV as a contestant on Survivor All-Stars, Fear Factor, Eco-Challenge, and hosted two soccer television shows, The MSG Soccer Report and F.C Fox.   He was featured in the documentary film A Closer Walk along with The Dalai Lama, Bono and Kofi Annan.  Zohn has also starred in campaigns for Nike, Puma and HP, hosted MTV specials and was a sideline reporter for Major League Soccer, USL, MISL and ESPN Radio.

Currently, Zohn is a featured columnist for Tonic.com, digital media company dedicated to promoting the good that happens around the world each day.