Ethan Zohn

Ronit Avni

Ethan Zohn gives the word survivor a whole new meaning. After winning the reality television show Survivor Africa in 2002, Ethan battled cancer in two very public bouts with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He became the “megaphone” for a generation of young people with cancer, embracing the role as energetic spokesperson for organizations including StandUp2Cancer (SU2C), The LIVESTRONG Foundation, First Descents, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, Be The Match and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Foundation. Through it all, Ethan helped grow Grassroot Soccer (GRS), a nonprofit he co-founded that uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV. To date, GRS has helped to provide lifesaving education for more than 650,000 young people in 23 different countries. As global spokesperson and captain of GRS Endurance Teams, Ethan launched GRS UNITED, a U.S. awareness campaign, by dribbling a soccer ball 550 miles from Boson to Washington, D.C. A former professional soccer player, Ethan has appeared on numerous television shows, including The Amazing Race, and co-hosted the Daytime Emmy-nominated ABC show Everyday Health. As an author, Ethan co-wrote, “Soccer World,” a series of five books for young readers to explore different nations in a compelling and meaningful way through the sport of soccer. Today, Ethan tours the world speaking about character, leadership, resiliency, service and how his challenges have become the source of his strength. He resides in New York City, where he likes to play pick-up soccer, unabashedly tweet bad jokes, invents new products like the EZ Crunchbowl and makes crazy-healthy concoctions with his industrial juicer. Yes, his hair is real.


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