Aetna is honored to celebrate African American men and women who are dedicating their lives to creating healthier communities through sports.

The youth in urban communities have the opportunity to thrive in all aspects of their lives when they are involved in sports because what they learn goes beyond the sport they’re playing. They are lessons they can take with them for the rest of their lives.

Each month, you will discover the amazing impact 12 passionate and giving individuals are making in their urban neighborhoods, making them champions for change. We have included an inspirational quote or statistic for each month. You can also hear each individual’s story in his or her own words with our new online video feature.