GameChangers 2019-03-05T09:48:44+00:00
The GameChangers Award honors young adults who have demonstrated excellence in their profession, shown a commitment to the betterment of their community, and displayed leadership among their peers.
The honorees will participate in a curriculum designed to serve the young adult cancer community while providing opportunities for personal and professional development.  The curriculum includes engaging volunteer opportunities, education on the young adult cancer fight, and a fundraising component.  The program will culminate at Ulman’s annual  Blue Jeans {& Bow Ties} Ball, where each of the honorees will be recognized for their continued excellence.
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About GameChangers

GameChangers are upstanding young adults who have demonstrated excellence in their profession, a commitment to bettering their community, and displayed leadership among their peers.  After participating in a series of personal and professional development events and fundraising, GameChangers are honored at  Ulman’s annual Blue Jeans {& Bowties} Ball.  GameChangers are also supplied with materials and opportunities to maximize the recognition to continue to excel and grow.

GameChanger applicants can either self-apply or be nominated by a personal or professional contact.

Applications for the 2018 Class are closed. Applications for will reopen the summer of 2019.

Applicants should be between the ages of 21 and 39.

Applicants should live in the Greater-Baltimore area.

GameChanger applicants should be able to show a track record of professional success and growth personally and professionally.  Examples may include advancement within your profession, promotions or raises, leadership opportunities, professional awards, or pursuit of higher education or certifications to further your professional aspirations.  Applicants can also demonstrate their continued professional commitments through the endorsement of a professional contact.

GameChangers are committed to the betterment of their community whether that is through volunteerism or support of Ulman or another nonprofit, participation in charitable committees, or other altruistic experience.

Honorees will begin being notified they’ve been selected in early May.  They have until May 30 to accept or decline the nomination.

Honorees will be formally announced in early June.

Applications are scored based on rubric balancing philanthropic and professional experience and success.

No, but we think you will become one once you go through the program!  While we certainly encourage existing Ulman supporters to apply, you are not required to be one already.

A committee made of Ulman’s Board of Directors members, staff, and BOYAA members select the honorees.

Applicants may apply more than once.

Honorees must raise at least $3,000 by the Blue Jeans {& Bowties} Ball in early February, 2019.

We’ve found that raising $3,000 is totally attainable!  When you are selected and sign on as an honoree we will provide you with a fundraising guide, fundraising benchmarks as well as provide staff resources to make sure you’re successful.

When you commit to being an honoree you commit to fundraising and we will do our best to support you in your efforts.  The funds support Ulman’s mission and support administrative costs and benefits to honorees.  When you sign on as an honoree we will ask you to provide a credit card for the difference if you do not make the minimum by the Blue Jeans {& Bowties} Ball.

Go you!  But, unfortunately, funds raised through other programs satisfy fundraising minimums only for that program.  Honorees must meet their fundraising through independent efforts.

You will be given a personal fundraising webpage, a staff resource to assist with your fundraising, and a fundraising guide.  The fundraising guide includes ideas for fundraising, copy and pasteable language, mission stories, and more.

The official program begins June 1st and ends at the Blue Jeans {& Bowties} Ball (early February, 2019).

GameChangers receive both materials and swag to promote their dedication to the program.  Benefits include:

  • A platform to assist young adults and their families who have been impacted by cancer
  • Recognition in the Baltimore community as a young professional of note in business and philanthropy
  • Networking opportunities with young professionals, Ulman Board of Directors, and Ulman partner organizations
  • Featured in local and social media such as LinkedIn, newspapers, community websites, and magazines
  • Body of Young Adult Advisors Ambassador Membership for 2018-2019
  • Award ceremony at Blue Jeans {& Bowties} Ball with over 800 people in attendance and 2 complimentary tickets
  • 1 complimentary tickets to Screw Cancer Brew Hope (spring, 2018), hosted by BOYAA
  • Photo and bio on GameChangers Website
  • GameChangers “Badge” and text for inclusion on LinkedIn profile
  • Leather Ulman folio
  • Ulman backpack
  • Ulman jacket
  • GameChangers lapel pin

After the Blue Jeans {& Bowties} Ball, GameChangers are honorary BOYAA ambassadors and are invited and encouraged to attend monthly meetings and happy hours.  We will also ask for GameChangers to consider nominating a future honoree and participate in the selection process for the following year.  We hope and believe our GameChangers will become lifelong Ulman family members and supporters!

Contact Us

Averil Christens-Barry  averil@ulmanfoundation.org, 410-964-0202 ext .117, Events Director