In 2009, after learning that DC had the highest HIV rate in the country, a Georgetown varsity athlete decided to recruit and train his peers – NCAA student-athletes – to deliver sexual health education at area schools. And The Grassroot Project was born. In under a decade, more than 1,500 athletes have provided more than 50,000 hours of free sexual health education to 5,000 low-income DC teens. Three programs aim to significantly improve students’ health outcomes: an 8-week school health education program delivered during health and PE classes; a two-session parent workshop focused on improving communication about sexual health within families; and a community health fair that directly links students and families to health service providers. The athletes who provide their services at no cost are people to whom kids look up – and listen. You can spread the word too.