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Ethan Zohn      

Winner of "Survivor: Africa", Co-Founder of Grassroot Soccer & Cancer Survivor

For Ethan Zohn, winning CBS’s SURVIVOR: Africa was the springboard to an exceptional life of entrepreneurship, social purpose and advocacy. It was also the prelude to an incredible story, one of perseverance, accomplishment, and enduring spirit in the face of once unthinkable challenges. By sharing that story, Ethan inspires countless others around the globe. His message for young people, academia and the corporate community alike emphasizes character, resiliency, service, kindness and turning challenges into strengths.

A fit, active, 35-year-old former professional soccer player who had traveled the world on behalf of the international health community through his foundation, Grassroot Soccer, Ethan became an unlikely face of cancer. Diagnosed not once but twice with CD20+ Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in the span of several years, Ethan endured years of aggressive treatment, including two stem cell transplants. Never losing optimism, spirit, or humor despite extraordinary rigors and setbacks, Ethan used his journey and considerable platform to connect with others – young adults in particular – and offer much-needed inspiration, advice, and comfort.

As demonstrated by his charitable work with various global and domestic health and wellness organizations, and community involvement, Ethan believes that a better and healthier world can be achieved by living with strong values. His inspiration to help heal the world stems from being taught at an early age the importance of kindness, community and a connection to social goodness.

Ethan is a recognizable face that delivers deeply felt, meaningful lessons on character, kindness, personal strength, and giving back, all which he developed long before his battles with cancer. With his remarkable combination of humor and honesty, Ethan offers keynotes that inspire others to answer life’s opportunities with strength and the conviction to never let a crisis to go to waste.

Speech Topics

One Person Can

Having used his Survivor fame and fortune to establish an international nonprofit organization, Ethan Zohn stresses the importance of an individuals duty to give back and shares ways we can all take an active role towards social change in our communities.

Character: The Ultimate Survivor Tool

Sharing character building experiences from his own life, Ethan delves deeply into the issue of character: where is comes from, why it matters, and how it can help make important decisions in ones life.


"Survivor" winner Ethan Zohn: "I'm feeling good" - CBS News

TV personality tells about how he's feeling following cancer treatment and his thoughts on "Survivor" today.

Survivor Status Check: Are These Castaway Couples Still Together ...

Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca. These two Survivor winners met during the finale of Survivor: The Amazon. They started dating in 2003 and were together for  ...

Ethan Zohn, the ultimate survivor

Murmurs of excitement could be heard as spectators trickled into Akin Auditorium for the year’s last Artist Lecture Series on April 3. The audience, a mixed crowd of nearly 200 students, faculty and community members, anxiously awaited its first glimpse of the former professional soccer player and reality TV star Ethan Zohn.

Survivor's Ethan Zohn and His Wife Are Volunteering with Syrian Refugees on Their Honeymoon

The couple traveled to Greece to help with CrowdRise's 24-Hour Impact Project to bring relief to hundreds of displaced families

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