Unsurprisingly, given his track record with respect to charitable work, Cowboys’ tight end Jason Witten has been announced as the recipient of the 12th Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian Award, an annual honor presented by Pro Football Weekly to an NFL player “whose contributions to the community and charitable organizations are especially outstanding.”
A six-time Pro Bowler, Witten’s humanitarianism has been well-documented. He established the SCORE foundation a few years ago with his wife, Michelle, in part to assist women and children affected by domestic violence. Since, the foundation has spawned a number of programs, including the Coaching Boys to Men initiative and SCOREKeepers, which trains male mentors for roles in battered women’s shelters.
Aside from his work with SCORE, Witten has worked with the NFL Play60 initiative and the Boys & Girls Club, and is a mainstay at his teammates charity events.
Witten was among five finalists for the award, along with London Fletcher of the Washington Redskins, Domonique Foxworth of the Baltimore Ravens, Israel Idonije of the Chicago Bears and Josh Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks.
In 2009, Witten won the Home Depot Neighborhood MVP Award for his work in the community and, in 2007, he was one of four finalists for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
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