With a multi-faceted personality and a great deal of talent, Nick Lowery is an author, poet, teacher, philanthropist, and Hall of Fame athlete. His impressive track record includes appearances on ABC’s 20/20, World News Tonight, and Nightline with Ted Koppel, HBO, David Letterman twice, MSNBC, CNBC, Sports Illustrated, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. Having earned a Harvard MPA, Nick worked for President Reagan in Drug Abuse Policy and President George HW Bush and President Bill Clinton in the White House Office of National Service launching the Points of Light Foundation and Americorps. In addition to being the most accurate kicker in NFL history for a generation from 1980-1998, Nick won the most prestigious humanitarian award an NFL player can receive from fellow players, the Byron Whizzer White Award.
As his NFL career ended, Nick founded Native Vision with Johns Hopkins and the NFL Players Association, featured on Oprah as one of the best 5 new programs for youth, and later was nominated both by President Clinton and W Bush as Founding Director of the American Indian Education Foundation. His Fellowship at Harvard developed a leadership program for Native youth that he has conducted for 20 years with Native Youth from around the country. A few years later, in 2006, Nick founded Champions for the Homeless, in Phoenix through now close to 60 super-celebrity volunteer events with St Vincent de Paul.
“According to the Washington Post, elderly homelessness alone has doubled in the past year. We have transformed the face of Homelessness in Phoenix to a more human one, and the moving human stories that portray our homeless brothers and sisters transform the way we embrace this challenge in Phoenix like nowhere else in America.“ He is also the founder of the Nick Lowery Youth Foundation, where he strives to develop, promotes, and sponsors programs that foster self-worth, leadership qualities, and skills in youth, especially Native Americans. With these programs, Nick Lowery encourages youth to be leaders in their communities and stay determined and resilient despite arduous challenges.
During the early chaotic stages of Covid, Nick made Phoenix the very first city in the country to provide free rapid Covid testing for the homeless. “We stood up doing the first frightening stages of the pandemic and not only helped map with early data the exposure of the coronavirus within the Phoenix homeless community, but also keep those with underlying health issues from suffering its deadly consequences,” says Nick Lowery.
In addition, his mental determination and heart-centered efforts helped him gain fame, and he was featured in the recent movies ‘Think and Grow Rich: The Legacy’ and ‘Beyond the Game’ about the financial illiteracy epidemic among world-class athletes.
Nick Lowery earned induction into the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2009, retiring with the highest accuracy ever, with the most 50 yarders in NFL History, and most points by a kicker – all after initially being rejected by 8 NFL teams 11 times. Nick spent 5 years hosting high profile Concussion events with sports stars and top neurologists from Mayo, Banner, Barrow and Childrens Hospital and the CACTIS foundation, promoting the scientific role of CBD in accelerating neuro-plasticity to create and “Inner Cellular Helmet” to protect players and the game he dearly loves. Keeping with this tradition of protecting the health of the brain, in September 2019 Nick hosted the first national Town Hall on Veteran Suicide with the non-partisan Director of the PREVENTS Cabinet Level Task force on Veteran Suicide, Dr Barbara Van Dahlen, and today is a consultant on the staff of COPA Health, a powerful new paradigm for Mental Health, and is working to create a movement to require PTSD training for first responders and their families.
Nick has won numerous awards for his outstanding contributions to the community as a five-time NFL Man of the Year for both the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets, and very rare Arizona Interfaith Movement Lifetime Achievement Ward winner. Furthermore, besides working for three esteemed US presidents, Nick is the first pro athlete with a Masters and Fellowship from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
To work with young people and old from diverse cultures, learning styles and backgrounds, he works with broad coalitions of families, tribes, communities, schools, businesses, organizations, and foundations through his Nick Lowery Youth Foundation. The mission of Nick Lowery’s life has been to inspire everyone to develop their finest God-given abilities, while aligning their lives with a purpose that is at once inspiring and fulfilling.
Says Nick, “The pursuit of happiness to me, is the pursuit of Lasting Joy, not an emotion but a condition of the Soul. Of connecting through the often difficult journey discovering and embracing one’s God-given gifts and connecting them to a beautiful and truly unique gift to the World.”
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