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Meet the 2022 Good Human Award winners

Celebrating individuals who make a difference in the world through social impact

The Good Human Awards honor individuals who create a ripple of positive change in their community, at work, and beyond. Through remarkable innovation, passion, and effectiveness, the winners make a difference in the world through social impact.

Selected from hundreds of nominees in three categories, this year’s winners are:

Tony Hawk - Lionheart Award Winner

Tony Hawk is the founder of The Skatepark Project, a nonprofit whose mission is to serve children who lack a safe place to practice skateboarding. After receiving thousands of emails from parents and children across America, Tony created and financed The Skatepark Project to help underserved communities develop safe and inclusive public skateparks. To date, over 600 recipients of grants from The Skatepark Project have opened skateparks. These parks receive more than 6 million visits annually from youth who benefit from the active lifestyle, sense of self-esteem, and camaraderie the facilities promote.

Kevin Clayton - Bellwether Award Winner

Kevin Clayton is the Senior Vice President, Head of Social Impact and Equity at the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA. Kevin is passionate about the Cleveland Cavaliers maintaining its commitment to addressing social issues, diversity initiatives, and strengthening and expanding its inclusive workplace culture. Under his leadership, the Cavaliers were one of the first NBA teams to recognize Juneteenth as a company holiday. Clayton has also encouraged players and leadership of the Cavaliers to discuss issues impacting Black men through a virtual community conversation series called Time To Talk.

Daniela Fernandez - Change Maker Award Winner

Daniela Fernandez is the founder and CEO of the Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA), a nonprofit organization that mobilizes young people, develops and implements innovative solutions, and activates an ocean workforce to restore the health of the ocean in our lifetime. SOA has built the world’s largest network of young ocean leaders, over 6,000 individuals in 165 countries. Under Daniela’s leadership, SOA launched their Ocean Solutions Accelerator to help develop technological solutions that address the greatest threats facing our planet. This program has accelerated 45 startups and issued 222 microgrants in 65 countries.

“The Good Human Award winners are inspirational individuals who tackle pressing challenges with compassion, integrity, and a deep commitment to making a positive impact. They are shining examples of what it means to be a good human. We are honored to recognize their exceptional work” said Dale Nirvani Pfeifer, Goodworld’s Chief Executive Officer.

“Thank you to everyone who nominated a good human. We received an overwhelming response and are truly inspired by all the good that is happening in the world.”

Learn more about the Good Human Awards.