The San Francisco 49ers have nominated wide receiver Isaac Bruce for the national Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service by an Athlete, presented by All Stars Helping Kids, a national nonprofit founded by NFL Hall-of-Famer Ronnie Lott. Fans can "get in the game" and help Bruce win by voting on the All Stars Helping Kids website ( and via text message beginning in August and running through November 15th.

Bruce joins other impressive nominees, including Steve Nash, Mia Hamm, and Venus Williams. Past winners of the Jefferson Award include Oprah Winfrey, U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, and Bill & Melinda Gates.

Bruce has made significant contributions to his community. He founded the Isaac Bruce Foundation, which aims to combat youth obesity in collaboration with the Health Youth Partnership as well as works with Reach Out St. Louis to stem the high school dropout rate.

In addition to honoring philanthropic athletes, All Stars Helping Kids and the Jefferson Awards are encouraging fans to "get in the game" by:

  • Going to to vote now for Bruce.
  • Or to vote by text for Bruce, text STAR6 TO 55333.
  • Telling their friends to vote
  • Following their lead and volunteering in their community
  • Nominating a local hero for a regional Jefferson Award for Public Service.

All Stars Helping Kids was founded by NFL Hall-of-Famer Ronnie Lott in 1989 with the goal of promoting a safe, healthy, rigorous learning environment for disadvantaged kids in low-income communities. All Stars achieves this mission by pooling the resources of athletes, corporations and individuals to support high-performing academic and physical enrichment programs.

The Jefferson Awards for Public Service is a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America. The Jefferson Awards were established in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard to establish a Nobel Prize for public service. Today, their primary purpose is to serve as a "Call to Action for Volunteers" in local communities.

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For more information on the Isaac Bruce Foundation call 314-369-4074.