Ryan grew up in Sacramento, California and has loved basketball his whole life. While he was good at other sports he decided to focus solely on basketball at an early age. He has been involved in organized basketball activities since he was eight, starting with community leagues, then participating in AAU and school teams in Junior and Senior High. After his High School team won the California State championship for their division, Ryan was recruited by several colleges and selected the University of California in Berkeley. After two years at Berkeley he was drafted by the New Jersey Nets into the NBA in 2008. He has played for the Orlando Magic, New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans and the Houston Rockets.
Ryan has always enjoyed faith-based activities including community assistance programs, church mission work and youth programs. He has a strong faith that has helped him through the ups and downs of his life. Ryan also enjoys people, traveling and food from all cultures and cuisines. He is most definitely a foodie.
Ryan is eager to assist efforts in the three areas of focus for FSRAF: Faith, Sportsmanship and Humanity, as they have been important factors in shaping him.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
OAK RIDGE - EL DORADO HILLS CALIFORNIA (HS)
• 2008 NBA 1st Round Pick: New Jersey Nets
• In 2013-2014, averaged a career high 19.8 points per game with the Pelicans.
• Career average of 13.2 points per game.
• 2012 NBA's Most Improved Player
• 2008 Second-team All-American
PRESIDENT, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kari Klinkenborg Anderson
Kari grew up as one of four girls living between Colorado and Iowa. She always had a love for sports, specifically volleyball. That passion earned her a volleyball scholarship to the University of Florida where she studied broadcasting with the goal to move to Los Angeles and pursue an acting career. Upon arriving in LA, Kari took her favorite Athlete Outreach Program at UF, GatorTracks and transformed it into an LA based Charity, Feeding Soles. Throughout her eight years in LA Kari has appeared in dozens of National commercials, had several co-star and guest-star spots on TV shows and had small roles in movies. She now runs a health and wellness blog focused on food and travel.
In 2015 after years of doctors visits and searching, Kari was diagnosed with endometriosis. At the end of 2017 she underwent her second surgery to remove this disease. Kari & Ryan have a passion for helping and educating people about endometriosis and look forward to finding ways to raise awareness and money through FSRAF.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Activities & Affiliations
• Founder, Feeding Soles
secretary & treasureR, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jack's career has been in organization and leadership development in Health Care, Aerospace, Emerging Technology, Energy and Housing industries. He is eager to apply organization and operations experience to help drive activities for FSRAF.
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
History (with focus on Leadership)
DE ANZA COLLEGE
Activities & Affiliations
• Health Care
• Emerging Technology
• Energy and Housing Industries
Andrew Morton is a Partner and Chair of the Sports and Entertainment Law Practice at Handler Thayer LLP, where he serves as philanthropy and public policy counsel to high-profile public figures engaged in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining Handler Thayer, Andrew practiced with the Political Law and Government Relations groups of Latham & Watkins LLP, and Foley & Lardner LLP. In those roles, he advised the firm’s nonprofit and commercial clients in the areas of corporate governance, compliance and Board oversight, as well as legislative strategy and public policy engagement.
A frequent speaker on international human rights and immigration law, Andrew has testified before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and appeared in national media outlets including CNN, ABC World News Tonight, National Public Radio, the New York Times and the Washington Post. Andrew earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University Of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as a member of the Board of Editors of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and Co-Chair of the Equal Justice Foundation. Andrew also attended the University of Maryland, earning an M.P.P. in international security and economic policy from the School of Public Affairs, and a B.A., magna cum laude, in economics and Spanish.
Ryan and his wife Kari, and their families have a long history of involvement in community assistance programs and faith-based activities to help people, such as mission activities in impoverished areas of the United States and Mexico.
In 2008 the steps leading to the establishment of the Feeding Souls, Ryan Anderson Foundation FSRAF) began:
- 2008-Present: Ryan has participated in a large number of fundraisers and community assistance events sponsored by his NBA teams and for specific charities and non-profits such as Powerhouse Ministries (Folsom, CA) and the Orangevale Foodbank (Orangevale, CA).
- 2010: Kari founded Feeding Soles to provide shoes to men, women and children in the greater Los Angeles and Phoenix Arizona areas
- 2013: The Ryan Anderson Foundation was originally mapped out in May of 2013, with progress made, for example framing out key elements like a mission statement, a short range plan, and establishment of a Donor Advised Fund.
- 2014-2016: Focus and funding with the Ryan Anderson Foundation were concentrated on establishing a foundation for suicide prevention and the awareness and support for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD): The Gia Allemand Foundation.
- 2017: We formed a partnership with the Players Philanthropy Fund (PPF) who specialize in enabling athletes, entertainers and other philanthropists to create a dedicated fund that can accept tax-deductible contributions in support of any qualified charitable mission. We then began the work of establishing the full legal support and operations for our foundation.
In 2018 the Feeding Souls, Ryan Anderson Foundation (FSRAF) was created through a fiscal sponsorship with the Players Philanthropy Fund (PPF).