Tempe Sports Authority Foundation has recognized individual's courageous spirit for the past 20 years at the Courage Awards Banquet. Courage. Bravery. Guts. Those are just a few of the words that describe men and women demonstrating heroism in the face of adversity, conquering physical challenges and overcoming significant injury.
recipients show the kind of determination we all should be so lucky to have when were faced with life's biggest challenges".
Three remarkable and courageous honorees: Megan Squire, Michael Haynes, and Eric LeGrand, was honored at the 21st Anniversary Celebration of the Tempe Sports Authority Foundation's Courage Awards, held March 10 at the Marriott Phoenix Tempe in Tempe, Arizona. The evening included a silent auction followed by dinner, a live auction, and the award ceremony filled with moving stories of perseverance and triumph.
About the Tempe Sports Authority Foundation: The mission of the Tempe Sports Authority Foundation is to enrich the lives of youth and teens in the Tempe community. The foundation provides scholarship opportunities that recognize the character and courage of individuals who overcome challenges as well as grants to nonprofit organizations in Tempe who offer programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body in our youth. The proceeds from the sale of sponsorships, event tickets, auction and raffle purchases will benefit many youth-oriented non-profit organizations and provide scholarship opportunities for local students facing their own challenges that make it difficult to attend Arizona colleges.
Mike Haynes was recognized for his efforts sharing the message of early prostate cancer detection with the Courage Award for 2014. As a spokesperson for the Know Your Stats About Prostate Cancer® Campaign, Michael Haynes is committed to sharing the message with men across the U.S.
Mike Haynes' discovery of prostate cancer began during a 2008 screening event conducted by the Urology Care Foundation and supported by the National Football League (NFL) Player Care Foundation. Now a prostate cancer survivor, he speaks on behalf of the Foundation, encouraging men to talk with their doctors about getting tested for this deadly disease.
Haynes' professional football career began when he was the fifth player selected in the 1976 draft. A first-round draft choice of the New England Patriots, Haynes was voted the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He was nominated to represent the AFC in nine Pro Bowls during his 14-year NFL career with the Patriots (1976-1982) and Los Angeles Raiders (1983-1989) and earned a Super Bowl ring as a member of the 1983 Raiders.
Haynes is widely recognized as one of the NFL's greatest defensive backs. He was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1994, named to the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1995 and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997. Earlier this year, Haynes and his former Raiders teammate, Lester Hayes, were named the best cornerback tandem in NFL history by the NFL Network program "NFL's Top 10."
Haynes' entire professional career has been in the sports industry. He has held key management positions in golf and football. At the time of his discovery of prostate cancer, Haynes was the NFL's VP of Player and Employee Development. Haynes is now the President and founder of Mike Haynes & Associates (MH&A), a consulting company with more than 35 years of experience that takes a holistic approach to problem solving. MH&A works with clients that demonstrate a commitment to a winning culture, seek a competitive edge and value making a difference in our shared community. Giving back to the community plays a large role in Haynes' philosophy. He has received numerous honors for following his desire to make a positive contribution in the world. Recently, Haynes received the Gilda Radner Courage Award from the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation for his willingness to use his personal experience with prostate cancer to encourage men to learn about prostate health. More recently, he was inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame, which was founded by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics to recognize outstanding accomplishments in sports administration. Haynes was honored for his personal decorum while becoming a role model to others and rising to the highest level of excellence in his chosen career.
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