Orange Arrow Players Association Founder Shawn Robinson Receives Prestigious President’s Service Award

Top Quote Robinson to be recognized on December 4, 2018 for a lifetime of community service. End Quote
  • Pittsburgh, PA (1888PressRelease) November 21, 2018 - The Orange Arrow Players Association Founder Shawn Robinson has been selected to receive the prestigious President’s Volunteer Service Award. The Award was established in 2003 by then President George W. Bush as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. Robinson, a Warren, OH native and University of Pittsburgh alum, is being recognized for dedicating more than 4,000 hours of service and, as such, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest and most prestigious level of the Volunteer Service Award.

    Two ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 to present the Award to Robinson. The Honorable Mayor, William Peduto, will first present Robinson with the proclamation of December 4 as “Shawn Robinson Day” in the City of Pittsburgh. Robinson will then be presented with the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from Erika Mitchell, managing partner of the certified organization for the President’s Service Award.

    The evening event will be hosted by Penny Semaia, University of Pittsburgh’s Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student Life. There will also be several distinguished speakers, including Mark Nordenberg, Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh; Carmen Anderson, Director of Equity and Social Justice at The Heinz Endowments; Rafael Araujo-Lopes, University of Pittsburgh student-athlete and Orange Arrow Coach; and distinguished friends of the Orange Arrow Players Association.

    “I am humbled to receive recognition from the highest office in America,” said Robinson. “But I accept this award on behalf of the entire Orange Arrow team, who is diligently working to make the world a better place.”

    Robinson founded Orange Arrow in 2013 to coach male and female student-athletes to aim for success off the field. Based in Pittsburgh, the nonprofit organization provides programming for student-athletes that teaches the foundational skill set needed for any young person to be able to succeed. Orange Arrow reaches these students through current college student-athletes who serve as their life skills “coaches” or mentors.

    “The goal of Orange Arrow is to encourage athletes to pursue their dream of professional sports, and to also broaden the reality of those with athletic aspirations,” said Robinson. “We aim to provide a practical vision of success in life, no matter which path they choose.”

    The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes, celebrates, and inspires community service leaders and volunteers to lead the charge. Two notable past recipients include Tom Glavine, a Hall of Fame baseball player who is noted for giving back to the community, and Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A for his philanthropy.

    Robinson understands firsthand the importance of Orange Arrow’s mission and the need for athletes to have a backup plan. While at Pitt, he finished seventh in the nation in interceptions as a sophomore and he had expectations to play in the NFL; however, a car accident injury leading into his junior year affected his ability to perform at the highest level. Ultimately, he was not drafted to the NFL as he hoped, and his dream of becoming a professional athlete was never fulfilled.

    To learn more about the President’s Volunteer Service Award, please visit For more information or to support the Orange Arrow Players Association, please visit

    About Orange Arrow Players Association
    The Orange Arrow Players Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers innovative programs dedicated to serving youth and influencing their path to success using sports-themed curricula. Founded in 2013, Orange Arrow develops extensive partnerships with school districts, after school programs, and youth sports leagues. In addition, Orange Arrow recruits volunteers to mentor, guide, and coach student-athletes to be successful off the field. Currently, the organization has partnered with four colleges and numerous elementary and middle schools. For more information or to support Orange Arrow, please visit

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