2019 Shortlist

Shaquem Griffin


Best in Engagement for Good

How Does This Individual Represent “Excellence in Engagement”?

Shaquem Griffin learned to roll with the punches at an early age. After being born with amniotic band syndrome which caused fingers on one hand to never fully develop, Griffin had his left hand amputated at the age of four. Flash forward two decades later and Griffin has defied the odds of his athletic handicap, taking the pro football field for the Seattle Seahawks last fall. At the end of his college career. Griffin was honored with the 2019 NCAA Inspiration Award, presented to individuals for especially inspirational efforts in dealing with life-altering personal situations.

Online and in media, he has become an inspiration for young athletes with disabilities of all types. A viral video of his sweet interaction with a young boy with one-hand and the positive reception to his becoming the face of Gillette’s “Your Best Never Comes Easy” campaigns help to showcase just a small portion of the massive positivity he adds to the sports universe.

Shaquem Griffin's Engaging Content

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Ask me what my best moment was at the @theseniorbowl 😫🙏🏾 I live for moments like this it's never about me or football!!! #AgainstAllOdds

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You guys know that it's the hard work and dedication we put into achieving our goals that really matter. Because when you’re aiming for the best, it never comes easy. Dad taught me that. #GillettePartner #NothingComesEasy

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