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Award recognizes leadership and contributions of Knight Commission on Athletics and The Admiral Center

Jan. 19, 2012, 9:40 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller


Silver Anniversary Award winners Amy Perko and David Robinson. Credit: NCAA Photos

The NCAA recently honored Knight Commission’s Amy Perko and former NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson for their professional and civic contributions that followed their time as college athletes.

Presented during the NCAA’s annual week-long convention, the Silver Anniversary Award recognizes six distinguished former student-athletes on their 25th anniversary as college graduates.

Perko, a former Wake Forest basketball player, was recognized in part for her efforts serving as the executive director of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

The commission, which Knight Foundation established in 1989, works to ensure that intercollegiate athletics programs operate within the educational mission of their colleges and universities.

Knight Community Information Challenge now accepting applications

Jan. 18, 2012, 9:46 a.m., Posted by Susan Patterson

By Susan Patterson, Knight Program Director/Charlotte

Today, Knight opens the door for applications in the fifth round of its Community Information Challenge, being accepted now at If previous years are any indication, we’ll get plenty of ideas from community and place-based foundations uniquely taking aim at meeting their community’s information needs.

In many communities, strengthening credible, professional news sources is the need. That’s the work supported by the Community Foundation of New Jersey with NJ Spotlight, and I-News, supported by The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County.

In other communities, the community foundations and the projects they have supported have focused more on digital tools for civic engagement and action. Such is the case for Envision Bay Area, supported by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and We The People supported by the Community Foundation for North Florida.

Opportunities for Leadership: Meeting Silicon Valley's Information Needs

Behind the scenes of @communityapps

Jan. 17, 2012, 1:07 p.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

In December, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Knight Foundation announced the winners of the 'Apps for Communities Challenge,'  which awarded $100,000 in prizes for software applications that bring actionable, local information to underserved communities.

"To provide applications of real value to low income Americans and others who are adopting broadband at a lower rate", is how Genachowski describes the primary purposes of the contest.

The three grand prize winners included apps to let bus riders know when their ride is arriving, connect the homeless to services and workers to jobs.

Second prize winner Curtis Chang, who won for Homeless-SCC, says it's the first time he has participated in a challenge like this, but he "wanted to get the idea of the app out there and this was perfect platform to share some of the innovation we're developing on a local level with other cities and counties that are experiencing similar problems with access to information."

Watch below to see interviews with the winners and insights on why the challenge was started.