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Ethan Zohn        

Winner of "Survivor" Africa, 2x Cancer Survivor, Stem Cell Transplant Recipient, Social Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Cancer Research Advocate, Former Pro Soccer Player, Sports Broadcaster & TV Personality

Ethan Zohn is a humanitarian, inspirational speaker and television host; former professional soccer player; cancer survivor and advocate; winner of the hit reality television show, "Survivor: Africa" on CBS; contestant on season 40 of "Survivor: Winners at War," author and inventor; and co-founder of the global non-profit, Grassroot Soccer. He has found purpose through his humanitarian work and community involvement, and believes that a better and healthier world can be achieved through education, advocacy and inspiration.

In 2002, Zohn used a portion of his "Survivor: Africa" winnings to help found Grassroot Soccer (GRS), an adolescent health organization that leverages the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize at-risk youth in developing countries to overcome their greatest health challenges, live healthier, more productive lives, and be agents for change in their communities. To date, the organization has reached over 13 million youth in over 60 countries with critical health information, access to health services, and mentorship. Ever the tireless and creative promoter, in 2008, Zohn embarked on a record-breaking 550-mile journey on foot, from Boston, MA to Washington, D.C., dribbling a soccer ball the entire route, to raise money and build awareness for GRS.

In 2009, as a fit, active, 35-year-old former professional soccer player who had traveled the world on behalf of the international health community through Grassroot Soccer, Zohn became an unlikely face of cancer. Diagnosed not once but twice with CD20+ Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in the span of several years, Zohn endured years of aggressive treatment, including two stem cell transplants. Never losing optimism, spirit, or humor despite extraordinary rigors and setbacks, Zohn 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 Zohn believes 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.

Zohn is a graduate of Vassar College, and he has played and coached soccer professionally in Zimbabwe, the United States, and as a member of the US National team for the 1997 and 2001 Maccabiah Games in Israel and 2004 Pan-American Maccabiah Games in Chile.

Speech Topics

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.

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.


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
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 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  ...
"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.

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