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Honoring the Power of Unity in Strengthening Communities

To celebrate the San Francisco 49ers’ history of exemplifying the power of teamwork to accomplish goals, the team will honor an exceptional non-profit agency, youth football coach and a current 49ers player who has demonstrated a commitment to promoting unity and giving back to the local community with the 8th annual Perry/Yonamine Unity Awards. The award is named after former 49ers players Joe Perry and Wally Yonamine – two individuals who demonstrated the power of unity to make a difference on the field and in the community. Both Perry and Yonamine passed away in 2011 and we present this honor in their memory.

The winner in each category will receive a $10,000 grant award that will be donated to their represented organization.

The selected 49ers player will select their preferred nonprofit organization.

All completed applications must be submitted no later than Sunday, October 8th at 10pm PT to be eligible for consideration. Winners will be notified on Friday, October 13th. The award winners will be honored on the field on Sunday, November 5th during the game vs. the Arizona Cardinals.

Nominations should include information stating why the nominee should be considered. The following success indicators will help the selection committees evaluate the impact of the program, services, initiatives or related activities of the nominees:

Inclusion: Include examples of how the nominee demonstrates accessibility and opportunities for unity while providing a safe and welcoming, culturally diverse outreach environment.

Fairness: Demonstrate how the nominee promotes fair and ethical programs which translate into a positive experience for participants. Values such as respect, fairness, and unity are engrained in the philosophy and implemented in community programs, initiatives, services or related activities.

Excellence: Highlight the nominee’s impact on the greater community relative to the size, scope and scale of those efforts.

Impact: Describe how the nominee promoted unity through their community service/outreach efforts.
  1. Nominations will be received by the 49ers Community Relations Department and checked for completeness and eligibility.
  2. The 49ers selection committee will review all nominations and rank each submission based on the factors described in the previous section (“Indicators of Success”).
* The selected 49ers player can choose a non-profit of their choice

Apply for Non-Profit

Apply for Youth Football Coach

San Francisco 49ers Community Quarterback Program

The San Francisco 49ers are looking to recognize individuals who are dedicated to making a difference in the community. The 49ers Community Quarterback Award Program recognizes volunteers who demonstrate leadership, dedication and a commitment to bettering the San Francisco Bay Area.

One Community Quarterback Award Winner will receive $10,000 for his/her nominating organization and five finalists will each receive $1,000 grants for their nominating organization.

The winner and finalists will be recognized during a pre-game, on-field ceremony at Levi’s® Stadium during the 2017 Season. The winners and a representative from their nominating organization will also be invited to attend an exclusive luncheon where they will receive their award and a donation check from the 49ers Foundation.


To be eligible, individuals must be over age 13 and provide volunteer services for non-profit organizations. Participants must serve in a volunteer capacity at an official 501(c)3 organization and may not receive compensation for their services.

Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, June 16th at noon to be eligible for consideration. The Overall Winner and Finalists will be notified the week of June 30th.

To enter, CLICK HERE

Bay Area All-Star Scholarship Team

The San Francisco 49ers will team up with other Bay Area teams for the Bay Area All-Star Scholarship Team Program. The 49ers, the Golden State Warriors, Oakland A’s, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Sharks, and San Jose Earthquakes will each select a recipient to be recognized for their dedication and hard work, for which they will receive a scholarship to help them achieve their goals of higher education. This unique committee is the first of its kind in the realm of professional sports. The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship to his/her selected college, be recognized on the field at a 49ers home game, and will be hosted at a series of events with the six other Bay Area teams. Click here to learn more: http://www.49ers.com/community/BAASST.html