Wallop Howard Leadership Awardees
The Wallop Howard Leadership Award is presented to individuals in the public sector who have displayed outstanding commitment to improving the lives of our nation’s young people and providing critical support in The Congressional Award Foundation’s efforts to make the program a national opportunity. The award is presented by The Congressional Award Joint Leadership Commission, comprised of the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House and Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate.
1994 | President & Mrs. Jimmy Carter, Senator Malcolm Wallop, Congressman James Howard
1995 | The Honorable John Glenn, Congressman Tom Bliley
1996 | His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, Senator Mark Hatfield
1997 | Senator Bob Dole, Congressman Esteban Torres
1998 | Senator Robert Byrd, Congressman Dan Schaefer
1999 | Secretary of State Colin Powell, Judith McHale
2000 | First Lady Nancy Reagan, Congressman Charles Rangel
2001 | Congressman Donald Payne
2002 | Congressman Major Owens
2003 | Congressional Award Chairman Thomas Campbell
2006 | Congressman Ed Pastor
2007 | Senator Mike Enzi, Congressman Rush Holt
2008 | Senator and Mrs. Trent Lott, First Lady Laura Bush
2009 | Congressman Chris Shays
2010 | Senator John Culver
2011 | Governor Dirk Kempthorne, Senator David Pryor
2012 | Senator Bob Bennett
2013 | Senator Alan Simpson, Dr. Francis Collins
2014 | Hon. Ray LaHood
2015 | Hon. John Dingell, Hon. Phil Gramm, Secretary Ron Kirk
2016 | Secretary William Coleman, Jr., Secretary Norman Mineta
The Horizon Award is a special recognition from the Joint Leadership Commission of The Congressional Award Foundation and its Board of Directors. The Horizon Award is presented to individuals from the private sector who have contributed to expanding opportunities for all Americans through their own personal contributions, and who have set exceptional examples for young people through their successes in life. These recipients have truly forged ahead, establishing noble horizons to which our youth can aspire.
1997 | Jimmy Smits, Tom Selleck
1998 | Leeza Gibbons, David Frost, Grant Hill
1999 | Mariah Carey, Judith Hale
2000 | Bob Lanier
2001 | Esai Morales
2002 | Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wynton Marsalis, Jerry Blavat
2003 | Art Monk, Charles Mann
2007 | Lauren Nelson, Miss America 2007
2008 | DREW BREES
The NFL’s all-time leading passer and his wife, Brittany, are presented by Senator David Vitter and Chairman Paxton Baker.
A recipient of the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, Brees founded his own non-profit organization, The Brees Dream Foundation, to provide care, education, and opportunities for children facing adversity.
Johnson created The Rock Foundation to educate, empower, and enrich the lives of children worldwide through its youth physical fitness and obesity prevention program and its educational worldwide giving program.
2009 | NICK CANNON
At the time of recognition, Nick was named Honorary Chairman and development consultant for TeenNick. In this role, he provided his insight and knowledge as Nickelodeon sought new means for reaching teen and tween audiences. He also hosted Nickelodeon’s HALO Awards, an hour-long special celebrating ordinary teens who make a difference in the world.
2009 | JIMMIE LEE SOLOMON
Mr. Solomon served Major League Baseball in a variety of executive operational capacities. Our Foundation recognized his vital role in the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, CA.
This academy served as a sanctuary for kids interested not only in how the game is played but how the game can impact their lives.
2010 | MICHAEL OHER
Senator Roger Wicker awarded the NFL player for his ultimate “beating the odds” story. Michael’s high school life was the subject of Michael Lewis’ book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game and the Academy Award winning film The Blind Side.
Oher’s story is one of inspiration, overcoming even the most insurmountable obstacles, like homelessness, to achieve a dream.
Her emphasis on goal-setting, as co-chair of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, echoes what our outstanding youth also strive to accomplish.
A well-known humanitarian, he founded the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, dedicated to improving the health, education, and quality of life for people in his native Congo.
Before being elected to Congress in 2015, Mrs. Dingell was known for many years of dedication to countless community initiatives, such as the development of the Children’s Inn, the Barbara Karmanos Cancer Center, and the March of Dimes.
Ewing support of various philanthropic endeavors include Art for Life Charity and Children of Jamaica Outreach.
Mr. Horton worked with all five military branches worldwide on his “Ripped and Ready” tours. He has also worked on Capitol Hill and with the White House, with the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign to increase fitness awareness and abolish obesity in America.
Together, they steer the companies associated with EJ Smith Enterprises, Pat Smith Enterprises, Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities, and Treasure You.
Former President of Def Jam Recordings, Mr. Liles has become not only an entertainment mogul but a philanthropic hero. His most impressive services are his local foundation, Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore, and his Make It Happen Foundation.
One of America’s most inspiring executives, Steve brings a deep personal understanding of human differences to his position. He is considered an expert on matters of diversity and inclusion and its importance to the sustainability of organizations and the communities they serve.
Ferrera has focused on important issues for the Latino and millennial communities, including voter mobilization through organizations like Voto Latino.
2016 | CAL RIPKEN, JR.
Baseball’s all-time Iron Man, Ripken’s name has become synonymous with strength, character, perseverance, and integrity.
Ripken is using the platform that baseball has provided him to help grow the game he loves at the grassroots level. The Ripken Experience complex hosts ballplayers and teams from across the country for camps and tournaments throughout the year.
2017 | CHRIS DOLEMAN
Revered as one of the finest defensive players in NFL history, Chris played 15 seasons and earned eight Pro Bowl selections, membership in the NFL’s 1990 All-Decade Team, and induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
Chris was honored for his charitable contributions to the Celebrity Charitable Network, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Warriors for Freedom.
2018 | CURTIS MARTIN
The NFL’s 5th all-time leading rusher also earned five Pro Bowl selections, Offensive Rookie of the Year, and induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He founded the Curtis Martin Job Foundation to provide financial aid and hands-on support to single mothers, youth charities, individuals with disabilities, and low income housing providers. Learn more about Martin’s humanitarian efforts.
2019 | GAIL MILLER
Gail Miller is the owner of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies and the Utah Jazz NBA franchise. Gail has shown the importance of resolve and drive and has been a source of inspiration for many seeking to find their identity.
Learn more about Gail’s strong legacy of giving back to the communities in which she does business.