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Kevin Sorbo - Celebrity Spokesperson

For nearly 20 years, Kevin Sorbo has earned fame and success on the large and small screens as the hero of “Hercules – The Legendary Journeys,” “Gene Rodenberry’s Andromeda,” “Kull, the Conqueror,” and a host of other film and television roles. Off the screen, however, this father with three kids of his own has proven to be a real-life hero for the youth of our communities.

Sorbo has served as the spokesperson for A World Fit For Kids! (WFIT) since 1997. More than a mere figurehead, he has been actively involved in refining our vision and helping the organization grow. He is a past chair of the WFIT Board of Directors, and in 2008 he established the Annual Kevin Sorbo Celebrity Golf Tournament, utilizing his own connections and resources to stage a successful fundraising event.

Through his leadership role in WFIT, Sorbo has become nationally known for his advocacy of afterschool programming as an effective platform for increasing the quality of life for our kids. U.S. General Colin Powell’s America’s Promise Alliance recognized Sorbo in 1999 for his diligent work in bringing the issues of youth into the national spotlight. As a spokesperson for America’s Promise over the last decade, Sorbo has recorded nationally broadcasted Public Service Announcements promoting youth-empowering initiatives—including the Groundhog Job Shadow Day which provided workplace mentors to tens of thousands of students across the country.

In 2005, he was named to succeed Arnold Schwarzenegger as the national spokesperson for The Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy organization working to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. As the keynote speaker for the U.S. Department of Education’s 2008 presentation of 21st Century Community Learning Center grantees, Sorbo hailed afterschool program providers as our community’s real-life heroes—organizations and individuals who are transforming the lives of youth, helping them discover the heroes in themselves.

 
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