Athletes United, USA

1,200
Young people trained
40
Schools working as partners
6,000
People taught

Athletes United

Athletes United uses sports role models to get vital health messages to young people in Washington DC at risk of HIV infection.
Washington D.C.’s HIV infection rate is more than 10 times the national average. In the most deprived areas of the city the rate is even higher, with young African Americans most at risk. The number of new HIV infections among young people tripled between 2000 and 2005 compared with the previous five years.

Athletes United uses sports role models to get vital health messages to young people in Washington DC at risk of HIV infection. Enthusiastic, young athletes lead interactive HIV prevention classes for 12 – 14 year olds, using games and sport to pass on the knowledge, skills and support these young people need to avoid HIV infection.

Meet the team leader

Tyler Spencer
In 2009 Tyler founded the Grassroot Project, which uses athletes as role models and sports as a platform to provide youth in Washington, D.C. with the knowledge, skills and support to live healthy lives. Tyler is currently doing a PhD in Public Health at the University of Oxford and he has been recognised as a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper.
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