We look forward to celebrating with you in 2022!

We’ve missed our Classic family and can’t wait to be back together again when it’s safe and healthy to do so.

Previous Celebrity Athlete Attendees

Pete Carroll

Jamaal Charles

Nick Foles

Jason Garrett

Jim Harbaugh

Marqise Lee

Ray Lewis

Clay Matthews

Von Miller

Carson Palmer

Aaron Rodgers

Mark Sanchez

Reggie Wayne

Wes Welker

John Wooden

Steve Young

...And Many More!


Check out these great photos & videos from past events!


Sponsorship Packages Coming Soon


The Golden Heart Award is given annually at the Athletes First Classic to two honorees – one is an athlete who has been a positive role model and has made contributions off the field and the other is a local business leader who has exhibited leadership in doing good and benefiting humanity. Each honoree has their own unique way of contributing to society and the award is designed to honor them as individuals for the great work and impact they've had on the rest of us and the inspiration they are.

2020 Golden Heart Award Honorees

Brian Kelly

Head Football Coach
University of Notre Dame

Paqui Kelly

Kelly Cares Foundation
Co-Founders of Kelly Cares Foundation

Sonya Lozowski

Sonya Mitrovich
Lozowski, M.D.

Joe Lozowski

CEO & President
Tangram Interiors
Previous Golden Heart Award Recipients
Business Leader
Kyle Van Noy
David A. Pyle
Nick Foles
The Roth Brothers
Jim Kelly
David & Holly Wilson
Clay & Bruce Matthews
Joey Harrington
David Horowitz
Wes Welker
Glenn & Mindy Stearns
Reggie Wayne
Stephanie Argyros
Jim Harbaugh
William Wang
Hasselbeck Family
Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation
Ray Lewis
Robert Barth
John Lynch
William S. Thompson
Warrick Dunn
Bob McKnight
Steve Young
Peter Ueberroth
Drew Bledsoe
George Argyros
Pat Tillman
Paul Makarechian
Trent Dilfer
Dick & Priscilla Marconi


Athletes First is a full-service agency that represents National Football League (NFL) players, NFL and college coaches and other sports-related clients, including broadcasters, for individual contract negotiations, marketing/commercial endorsements and other client services. Athletes First is one of the country’s premier sports agencies with a client roster featuring Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Deshaun Watson and many more. The firm was founded in 2001 in Orange County, California and also has offices in Kentucky, Texas, Florida and Wisconsin.

Athletes First desires to help clients become more well-rounded individuals with a heavy emphasis on family and philanthropy The agency as an organization, along with its clients, has raised millions of dollars for charities throughout the world.

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Orangewood Foundation was founded in 1981 and today is one of the leading providers of services to foster and community youth in Orange County. Foundation programs focus on four critical areas: health & wellness, housing, life skills & employment, and education. Recognizing that 46% of foster youth do not graduate from high school, in August 2013, the Foundation opened Samueli Academy, a free public charter high school for community, underserved and foster teens and located in Santa Ana. Today, Samueli Academy is a Gold Ribbon School and ranked by US News & World Report among the top 4% of high schools in the country. Annually, Orangewood Foundation serves 2,200 foster and community youth. Beyond its programs, for thousands of youth in our community Orangewood means “family”, “opportunity” and “hope.” Learn more at www.OrangewoodFoundation.org and www.SamueliAcademy.org.

Orangewood Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private, nonprofit organization; federal tax ID #95-3616628

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General Event Info
Ashley Taylor