OM FOUNDATION AWARD
The inaugural OM Foundation Award was awarded at the 2014 National Sports Forum in Dallas, Texas. The award celebrates an individual in the sports and entertainment industry who goes above and beyond to better their community. Individuals are nominated and the recipient is hand selected by the NSF Steering Committee and OM Foundation Award Selection Committee. The 2015 recipient was awarded the OM Foundation Award at the 2015 National Sports Forum in Cincinnati, OH.
The 2014 OM Foundation Award was awarded to Danny Heinsohn, Business Development, Access Pass & Design. The award celebrates an individual in the sports and entertainment industry who goes above and beyond to better their community. The National Sports Forum's OMF Award recognizes an individual who:
Business Development, Access Event Solutions
A career in sports business was an unlikely path after graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering. However, after a brain cancer diagnosis in 1999, Danny endured three craniotomies, an entire year of chemo, and battled through a year of depression. After that, everything changed.
While Danny grew up playing baseball, basketball and tennis, he found salvation through endurance sports after chemo. Soon, salvation turned to passion, and passion turned into success. Over the years Danny has raised over $125,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by training for marathons, coaching a cycling team, and competing in several triathlons.
Danny was inspired by Bonner Paddock’s initiative to help children with disabilities, when he announced the OM Foundation at the 2009 National Sports Forum. In 2010, Danny celebrated his 10th year of brain cancer remission by founding My Hometown Heroes, Inc., a scholarship fund for young cancer survivors and competed in Ironman Canada to raise $10,000 symbolic of the decade milestone. He just finished writing his first book, “For a Reason” which is currently available through www.dannyheinsohn.com.
ABOUT THE OM FOUNDATION
The OM Foundation (OMF) is a non-profit started in 2009 by Bonner Paddock to build and support early learning centers for children with all types of disabilities in the U.S. and Africa. Bonner, along with his foundation, has raised over $1 Million Dollars for special needs children by summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2008 and completing the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, in 2012 unassisted. Bonner was the first person with cerebral palsy to achieve both. Bonner, through OM Foundation and speaking engagements, promotes the idea that “any one person can make a difference if they dedicate themselves to look beyond their own personal limits to achieve their goals”.