The Alzheimer’s Association is proud to highlight athletes and those in the world of sports who are helping to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s through fundraising, advocacy and awareness, using their voices personally, with their teams and in their leagues.

 
“People don’t know how severe Alzheimer's disease is. We speak out so that we can get closer to a cure.”
- Miki and Lisa Barber
Track and field athletes
 
“As a young person, I feel that it's important for me to speak out about Alzheimer's and share my voice.”
- Sam Beal
Professional football player, New York Giants
 
“Having grandparents affected by Alzheimer’s makes this cause very important to me.”
- Anthony Beauvillier
Professional hockey player, New York Islanders
 
“I want to reach as many people as possible and let them know how this disease affects families.”
- Braden Bishop
Professional baseball player, Seattle Mariners
 
“I watched my grandfather battle Alzheimer's. It's nice to now be part of a solution and work toward the goal of ending the disease.”
- Ryan Blaney
NASCAR driver
 
“Caregiving has brought my family together. It defines what family means – to be there for one another in good times and in rough times.”
- Brandon Coleman
Professional football player
 
“It’s important for people to know about all of the Alzheimer's resources out there.”
- Quinn Early
Former professional football player
 
“It's important to raise awareness and educate people about Alzheimer's, because so many of us are going to be affected by it.”
- David Feherty
Professional golfer
 
“Everyone I’ve met knows someone who has been impacted by Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is all around us, and sometimes we need another person who knows what we’re going through to help make life easier.”
- Tim Frazier
Professional basketball player, Detroit Pistons
Read Tim's story
 
“A diagnosis of any disease is devastating, but I don’t think people ultimately realize how difficult it is to deal with Alzheimer’s … and how hard it is on families.”
- Teryn Gregson
Golf presenter & journalist
Read Teryn's story
 
“If I can get this disease, anyone can. If I can fight it, anyone can.”
- Bud Harrelson
Former professional baseball player
Read Bud's story
 
“Everyone should care about the fight against Alzheimer’s. It affects so many of us."
- Tony Hawk
Professional skateboarder
Read Tony's story
 
“The one thing I wish people knew about Alzheimer’s is it could be you or someone you love affected.”
- Jeff Henderson
Olympic gold medalist, Track and field
Read Jeff's story
 
“I raise awareness for my Grandma Gogol. It hit me hard, seeing what this disease does to a human being.”
- Curt Gogol
Professional hockey player
 
“I was very close to my grandmother, and seeing how much her Alzheimer's affected my dad was really hard on my family.”
- Laurie Hernandez
Professional gymnast
 
“You never fail until you stop trying. As long as the Alzheimer’s Association is trying to find a cure, that’s what we’ve got to keep doing.”
- Al Joyner 
Olympic gold medalist, Track and field coach
 
“Seeing someone you love affected by this disease is devastating. As far as my family is concerned, we aren’t going to accept it. We want to do something about it.”
- Howie Kendrick
Professional baseball player, Washington Nationals
 
"A cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s may not come soon enough for my dad or for me, but hopefully it will for my kids and my grandkids."
- T.J. Oshie
Professional hockey player, Washington Capitals
 
“I raise Alzheimer’s awareness to help others going through what I went through."
- Terrell Owens
Former professional football player
 
“Coach Summitt's experience opened up my eyes to how many people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and how many people care for people with the disease.”
- Candace Parker
Professional basketball player, Los Angeles Sparks
Read Candace's story
 
“Every day is hard in the life of a caregiver, which is why people need the support of the Alzheimer's Association.”
- Alena Sharp
Professional golfer
 
“Between the devastating effects of the disease and the unfavorable statistics, Alzheimer’s disease is heartbreaking; it shocks me that there isn’t more talk about it.”
- Kelly Shon
Professional golfer
 
“My grandmother, Betty Irvin, was the rock of my family, and she is why I fight to end Alzheimer's disease.”
- Lance Thomas
Professional basketball player
 
“Alzheimer’s is not something to be too proud to recognize. Let’s break the stigma and speak out.”
- Coco Vandeweghe 
Professional tennis player