Gordon proves you don’t have to play football to win a Heisman


When the word “Heisman” is mentioned, the first sport that comes to mind is football, but not all recipients of Heismans are football players. Case in point — Jeff Gordon. On Monday, NASCAR four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon was formally presented with the Heisman Humanitarian Award during the Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner in New York.

Gordon was honored for philanthropic work through his Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation and the AARP Foundation’s Drive to End Hunger. AARP is one of the primary sponsors on Gordon’s No. 24 Chevrolet at Hendrick Motorsports.

The Drive to End Hunter is an initiative by AARP to end hunger among people over the age of 50.

The Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation has raised more than $11 million for children’s charities since its founding. The recent Heisman recognition adds $50,000 to that tally, as the Heisman Trophy Trust includes a $50,000 donation.

“The Heisman Trophy Trust’s recognition of Jeff confirms something we’ve known for awhile — that he is as great a person off the track as he is behind the wheel of a race car,” AARP Foundation President Jo Ann Jenkins said. “Jeff’s commitment to philanthropy and helping others in need was a critical factor in the decision by AARP and AARP Foundation that NASCAR could be a good platform for our work to help end the problem of older adult hunger. Since launching Drive to End Hunger, Jeff has been a committed champion to helping people who struggle to put food on the table. Whether he’s winning races or in a hair net packing meals to help hungry older adults, we couldn’t have a better champion than Jeff Gordon.”

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