Bloomington-based nonprofit Hoosiers For Good Inc has signed its first class of Indiana University student athletes. The nonprofit says the 14 student athletes will use their platform and influence to raise awareness for eight Indiana charities, including Riley Children’s Foundation, Indiana Wish, and Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County, among others.
The inaugural class represents the IU men’s and women’s basketball programs, football, women’s volleyball, softball, women’s swimming and diving, and women’s soccer. The nonprofit says athletes help raise awareness through in-person appearances and social media.
“We are excited to announce our first class of Hoosiers For Good student athletes,” said Hoosiers For Good Executive Director Tyler Harris. “From the outset, we have been intentional in identifying student athletes who have a platform and the ambition to positively impact communities in Indiana through charitable participation. We believe this first class of Hoosiers For Good student athletes, and all subsequent classes, will drive real value for our charitable partners.”
The spring 2022 class is listed below:
- Riley Children’s Foundation – Brittany Ford, softball
- Indiana Wish – Mackenzie Holmes and Grace Berger, basketball
- Indiana Region of the American Red Cross – Matthew Bedford and Jack Tuttle, football
- Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County – Camryn Haworth, volleyball and Jordyn Levy, soccer
- Turnstone – Trayce Jackson-Davis, basketball
- Stop the Violence Indianapolis – Race Thompson, basketball
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington – Anne Fowler, swimming and diving, D.J. Matthews, football, and Tiawan Mullen, football
- RecycleForce – AJ Barner and Shaun Shivers, football
The newly-launched nonprofit was created to raise awareness for Indiana charitable causes and drive positive social change. Indiana University alumnus and Bloomington-based Cook Group and Cook Medical President Pete Yonkman serves as chair and president of the nonprofit.
“Athletes, particularly Indiana University student athletes, have an outsized voice in our communities and the spotlight shines bright on them,” said Yonkman. “If we can harness their spotlight and begin to use it to expose the good work of our charitable partners, we have a shot at driving real improvement and value for people who need it the most.”
Hoosiers For Good says it will sign a second class later this year and plans to hold other programs and events throughout the year.