Published: April 06, 2009
Ethan Zohn is best known as the winner of the third season of Survivor.
But he is also known for what he did with his winnings from the popular
reality TV show.
Zohn, who used his Survivor winnings to start
the charitable organization known as Grassroots Soccer, will speak to UT
students and others Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in Plant Hall’s Fletcher
Lounge on the UT campus.
Zohn has played soccer professionally
for teams in both the U.S. and Zimbabwe. He founded Grassroots Soccer in
order to help educate African children about HIV/AIDS as well as raise
worldwide awareness of the African AIDS epidemic. His program, titled
“Character: The Ultimate Survival Tool,” examines how character is built
and why it is important to develop, nurture and refine one’s character.
His visit to the UT campus is sponsored by the Alpha Chi Omega
sorority as part of a weeklong series of dubbed “The Big Give,” which
seeks to raise awareness of such issues as domestic violence, world
AIDS, breast cancer and heart disease.
“We wanted to give back
to the campus with the money we raised,” said Sarah Bernstein, president
of Alpha Chi Omega at UT. “We felt that what Ethan has done to raise
awareness of AIDS in Africa is a good model for what we are trying to
do. We took all of our earnings from the Super Bowl and put it toward
bringing Ethan to campus in the hopes of bettering the University
The event is free and open to the public. However, seating is limited.
More information about Ethan Zohn can be found at his
For more information about “The Big Give,” contact Sarah Bernstein at