PASADENA, Calif. (December 22, 2020) – The Rose Bowl Institute announced today the awarding of four scholarships as part of its Rose Bowl Sportsmanship Initiative (ROSI) and its 2020 Women’s Empowerment Symposium, which was held virtually for free over a three-day period. The four ROSI Scholars are Elisa Jimenez of the University of California, San Diego, Claire Killeen of La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, CA, Sydney Spencer of University High School in Irvine, CA and Stephanie Tian of the University of Pennsylvania.

Each scholar receives a $2,500 scholarship from the Rose Bowl Institute to continue their schooling, made possible by a community donor to the Rose Bowl Institute program. The awards are in recognition of their essays on how an act of sportsmanship changed their lives and how a speaker at the Rose Bowl Institute’s Women’s Empowerment Symposium impacted them. Out of 1,100 registered Symposium attendees, 100 entered the competition for the scholarships, from which these four ROSI Scholars were selected.

“The essays displayed outstanding character and maturity from each entrant. The winners were able to relate presentations at the symposium and personal acts of sportsmanship to their lives as young sportspeople, leaders, and ultimately citizens of their communities,” said Rose Bowl Institute president Charlie Firestone. “Frankly, we were blown away by the quality of the submissions.”

The contest asked each entrant which speaker at the symposium they gained the most impact from and why, and secondly, how a moment of sportsmanship changed their perspective on their responsibilities to society. “It was very difficult to choose winners,” said Lauren Hall, the Rose Bowl Institute’s Director of Programs, and organizer of the symposium. “But what really impressed us was the commitment and ethics that these young women experienced from their sportsmanship moments.”

Speakers at the event included actress and activist Sophia Bush, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, women’s soccer stars from the 1999 World Cup Champion Women’s Team Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy, and many other athletes, executives, and women leaders. “The Rose Bowl Stadium’s history is special not just because of our local community, but communities around the globe,” said Rose Bowl chief development officer Dedan Brozino. “With attendees to the symposium from 33 states and 7 countries, we are thankful for our donors that supported these scholarship winners and those that will have an opportunity to participate in future programs.”

The Rose Bowl Institute’s mission is to “champion sportsmanship and leverage the power of sports to unite people everywhere.” Its three pillars, sportsmanship, leadership and citizenship were reflected in the speakers and sessions of the Women’s Empowerment Symposium held online over three days in September. The symposium was the second in an annual series. For more information, please email or visit

Rose Bowl Institute Advisory Board
o Maurice Ashley – International Grandmaster; inductee of US Chess Hall of Fame; founder of Harlem Chess Center; author and commentator. (New York, NY)

o Tim Brant – 30-year broadcast veteran; 2013 Broadcaster of the Year; former broadcast partner of Keith Jackson. (Chevy Chase, MD)

o John Canning, Jr. – founder and chairman, Madison Dearborn Partners; board member and part owner, Milwaukee Brewers; Life Trustee, Northwestern University; former Chairman, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. (Chicago, IL)

o Brandi Chastain – 2x FIFA Women’s World Cup champion; 2x Olympic gold-medalist; coach, and sports broadcaster. (San Jose, CA)

o Kevin Clifford – retired Chairman and CEO of American Funds Group; Board Member of College Football Hall of Fame and United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation. (Los Angeles, CA)

o Baron Davis – 2x NBA All-Star, 2x NBA steals leader; UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame and All- American; Gatorade Player of the Year, 1997; founder and president, Baron Davis Enterprises, Black Santa Company, 5 Balloons Interactive; TNT commentator; actor; producer. (Los Angeles, CA)

o Eric Dickerson – Pro Football Hall of Famer; NFL Outstanding Player, 1986; NFL Rushing Yards record-holder; 6x Pro Bowl Selection; L.A. Rams Retired Number 29; NFL All 100 Year Anniversary Team and NFL 1980’s All Decade Team; Consensus All American at SMU; 2020 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee (Los Angeles, CA)

o Ann Meyers Drysdale – UCLA basketball star, first female sports scholarship recipient at UCLA, Basketball Hall of Famer, broadcaster, and sports executive; considered one of the top five female athletes of all time (Huntington Beach, CA)

o Tom Farrey – Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Sports and Society Program; author of Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of our Children; former writer for ESPN (San Clemente, CA)

o Julie Foudy – former captain of the U.S. Women’s National Team with a 17-year career from 1987-2004; won two FIFA Women’s World Cup titles and three Olympic medals; member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame; four-time All-American at Stanford; commentator for ESPN Soccer and ESPNw. (Orange County, CA)

o Dan Fouts – 15-years as quarterback for the San Diego Chargers, Pro Football Hall of Fame; 1979 AFL Most Valuable Player (AP); broadcast analyst. (Sisters, Oregon)

o Lauren Gibbs – 2x Olympic Medalist (bobsled); public speaker; team captain and All-Ivy volleyball player at Brown University. (Denver, CO)

o Robin Harris – Executive Director of the Ivy League Council of Presidents. (Princeton, NJ)

o Henry Hernandez – President, Inter-Con Security Systems; Board Member, Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation; college athlete. (Pasadena, CA)

o Martin Jarmond – Athletic Director, UCLA; former assistant and deputy AD at Ohio State and assistant AD at Michigan State; captain of UNC Wilmington basketball team.

o Cobi Jones – 3x World Cup participant; Olympian; National Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee; first jersey retired in MLS history; all-time leader for Team USA in caps; analyst for Fox Sports and the LA Galaxy’s analyst for Spectrum Sportsnet. (Los Angeles, CA)

o Stan Kasten – President of the Los Angeles Dodgers; former president of the Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Thrashers, and Atlanta Hawks. Los Angeles Sports Council Executive of the Year, 2013. (Los Angeles, CA)

o Billie Jean King – Sports icon and equality champion. (New York, NY)

o Valorie Kondos Field – coach of UCLA gymnastics team from 1991-2019, 7x National Champions; 15x Pac-12 Champions; Pac-12 Coach of the Century; 4x NACGC/W Coach of the Year; 4x Pac-12 Coach of the Year; third-most winning NCAA gymnastics coach. Author, Life is Short, Don’t Wait to Dance (2018) (Fayetteville, AK)

o Angela LaChica – President and CEO, LaChica Sports. (San Diego, CA)

o Ronnie Lott – Pro Football and College Football Hall of Famer; 4x Super Bowl Champion; 10x NFL Pro-Bowl; NFL 75 th & 100 th Anniversary Teams; 2x Rose Bowl Game Champion; consensus All American. (Bay Area, CA)

o Kevin Martinez – ESPN Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, overseeing ESPN’s sponsorship of the Special Olympics and collaboration with the V Foundation. Formerly, VP, corporate social responsibility with KPMG, and president of the Home Depot Foundation.

o Misty May-Treanor – 3x Olympic Gold Medalist in Beach Volleyball; Volleyball Hall of Famer; NCAA National Champion and Outstanding Player; Outstanding Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year, 1998-99; AVP MVP; co-chair, President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition (Orange County, CA)

o Patrick McCaskey – Vice President, Board Member and part owner, Chicago Bears. Chairman of Sports Faith International; author. (Lake Forest, IL)

o Jessica Mendoza – ESPN analyst; first woman to serve as a baseball analyst for nationally- televised MLB games; Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist; USA Softball Athlete of the Year, 2006; member of the National Softball Hall of Fame; 4x All-American at Stanford (Bend, OR)

o Anthony Munoz – Pro Football Hall of Famer; 11x NFL Pro-Bowl; NFL 75 th & 100 th Anniversary Teams; Bart Starr Award (1990); 4x Lineman of the Year; Collegiate National Champion (USC) in football and baseball. (Mason, OH)

o Katelyn Ohashi – former UCLA gymnast, winner of the ESPYs for “best viral sports moment” and “best play” of 2019 for her perfect 10 performance; 6x All-American; 2011 junior national champion and the winner of the 2013 American Cup. (Seattle, WA)

o Luis Patino – President, General Manager, Univision Los Angeles Local Media; Sr. Vice President, Univision Television Group (Pasadena, CA)

o Larry Paul – Managing Principal of Laurel Crown Partners; minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers; member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Advisory Board (Los Angeles, CA)

o Martha Saucedo – Chief External Affairs Officer, AEG; board member, Central City Association of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)

o John Sciarra– 1976 Rose Bowl Game MVP for UCLA; played for Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and in the Canadian Football League; business entrepreneur (Newport Beach, CA)

o Mark Shuster– President and CEO, Shuster Financial Group; founding donor, Rose Bowl Institute (Pasadena, CA)

o Janet Marie Smith – Senior Vice President, Planning and Development, Los Angeles Dodgers; architect and urban planner responsible for planning and oversight of Rose Bowl, Dodger Stadium and Fenway Park renovations, and creating Oriole Park at Camden Yards; 2017, Prof. of Architecture at Yale. (Baltimore, MD)

o Bob Sutcliffe — venture lawyer, business advisor, and Managing Director of Craftsman Capital Advisors LLC. Authored the original concept and vision memo for creation of the Rose Bowl Institute. (Pasadena, CA)

o Matthew Sign – Chief Operating Officer, National Football Foundation. (Fort Worth, TX)

o Maria Taylor – ESPN host and reporter; host, NBA Countdown; former college athlete. (Atlanta, GA)

o Julie Uhrman – Founder and President, Angel City Football Club of the National Women’s Soccer League; founder and CEO of OUYA, an Android-based game console company; named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company and one of the Creative 50 by Ad Age. (Santa Monica, CA)

o Dick Vermeil –Super Bowl winning coach; former NFL coach of the Eagles, Rams and Chiefs; coached UCLA to the 1976 Rose Bowl Game victory in an upset of Ohio State. (Doylestown, PA)

o Daniel Villanueva, Jr. – founding president of the Los Angeles Galaxy; founding partner of RC/Fortis; co-founder of Moya, Villanueva & Associates, and principal in other businesses. (Castle Rock, CO)

o J.C. Watts – President of Black News Channel, former U.S. Congressman (R-OK) (1995-2003); gridiron star as a quarterback at the University of Oklahoma; first African American elected to statewide office in Oklahoma. (Eufaula, OK)

o Dr. Jen Welter –1st female coach in the NFL; 1st female running back in men’s pro football; 14-year women’s football veteran; 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, 4x World Champion, IFAF Women’s Football; head coach of 2017 Team Australia, IFAF; founder of Gridiron Girls and co- founder of Critter Fitter. (Los Angeles, CA)

o Jason Whitlock – Sports journalist and media personality with Outkick the Coverage; sportswriter for the Kansas City Star from 1994-2010 before stops at ESPN and Fox Sports. (Los Angeles, CA and Nashville, TN)

o Marcellus Wiley – Host of ‘Speak for Yourself’, retired NFL All-Pro, Ivy League Hall of Fame (Columbia University), Author of the book, Never Shut Up. (Los Angeles, CA)

o Vince Young – 2x Rose Bowl Game MVP, Heisman Trophy Runner-Up, National Champion, University of Texas; former NFL All-Pro Player and College Football Hall of Famer. (Austin, TX)

About the Rose Bowl Institute
Launched in August 2020, the Rose Bowl Institute is an arm of the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation. Its mission is to champion sportsmanship and leverage the power of sports to unite people everywhere. Through educational programs and dialogues, the Institute encourages, empowers and inspires positive acts of sportsmanship, leadership and citizenship.

About the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation

Formed in 2010, the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization whose primary goal is to financially ensure the protection, preservation and enhancement of the future of the Stadium as a National Historic Landmark. The Foundation has established funding for key capital improvement initiatives, educational programming and heritage protection due to the generosity of supporters from around the world who are invested in its premier future.

About the Rose Bowl Stadium
The Rose Bowl Stadium is the proud home of the Tournament of Roses’ Rose Bowl Game, UCLA Bruins football, AmericaFest Fourth of July Celebration, concerts including Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Taylor Swift and U2, international and Premier League soccer matches and the World’s Largest Flea Market. A National Historic Landmark built in 1922 and known around the world, the Rose Bowl Stadium has earned its world-class reputation by hosting five NFL Super Bowl games, the 1984 Olympic Soccer matches, the 1994 Men’s World Cup, the 1999 Women’s World Cup, four BCS National College Football Championship Games and the College Football Playoff Semi-Final game.