Ethan Zohn

Co-Founder, Grassroots Soccer


Ethan Zohn gives the word survivor a whole new meaning.

For Ethan, winning CBS’s SURVIVOR: Africa was the springboard to an exceptional young 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, leadership, resiliency, service and turning challenges into strengths.

He is a former professional soccer player, winner of the hit reality television show Survivor Africa, two-time cancer crusher, sports broadcaster and host, and co-founder of Grassroot Soccer. Grassroot Soccer (GRS) uses the power of soccer and the energy of youth to educate, inspire and mobilize communities to improve health. Ethan has been an important force in driving the strategic direction of GRS and building partnerships that have helped to provide lifesaving education for more than 1.9 million young people in 50 different countries.

In 2011, after twice surviving a rare form of Hodgkins Lymphoma and two bone marrow transplants, Ethan ran the NYC and Boston Marathon and was named a global ambassador for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, StandUp2Cancer and the LIVESTRONG Foundation, Be The Match, Pelotonia, among others.

As demonstrated by his charitable work and community involvement, Ethan believes that education, advocacy and inspiration are the most powerful ways to "heal the world".  

Ethan exemplifies leadership, resiliency, service, character and personal strength, with a solid connection to community through sport, social entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. With these pillars, Ethan challenge people to answer life’s opportunities with conviction and a winning mindset. 

 
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President and CEO,
Pelotonia

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President & Founding Director of IIO

 
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Ethan Zohn
Co-Founder,
Grassroots Soccer

 
 

 

Past Speakers

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JOHN O’LEARY

 
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JENI BRITTON

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JAKE HARRIMAN

 
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JOE DELOSS

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CHRIS WADDELL

 
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DR. DAVID COHN