HOUSTON – J. Kent Friedman, Chairman of the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority, received the Gridiron Foundation of Triumph’s Spirit Award in a ceremony on Friday kicking off events for the 2013 Gridiron Classic.
“I am truly honored by this recognition,” Friedman said. “Youth of the Greater Houston area have always been a priority for the Sports Authority, and we look forward to continued community outreach for years to come.”
The Gridiron Foundation of Triumph (G.I.F.T.) is awarded annually during The Gridiron Classic and recognizes professionals and civic leaders who strive to be steadfast advocates for youth in the community. Award selections are based on a nominee’s contribution to philanthropy, commitment to local citizenry, and involvement in community and civic activities.
“We are so proud of Kenny (Friedman) and the work he has done for Houston and Harris County,” HCHSA CEO Janis Schmees Burke commented. “He pours tireless energy into our organization, and we could not be more thankful to have him as our leader.”
Now in its fourth year, The Gridiron Classic was founded by former Miami Dolphins player Alphonso Roundtree. The weekend of events includes a health fair, cheer camp, football camp, high school combine, celebrity football game, and meet and greet with professional athletes for youth ages 8–17. The Gridiron Classic will move on to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. before concluding its tour in Chicago in July.