Daniel Snyder’s Undersung Achievements: Beyond the Realm of Sports

While he became a household name through the NFL, Daniel Snyder’s entrepreneurial success is widely forgotten. Launching businesses before he reached the age to vote, Snyder’s impressive career earned him a handful of accolades, and for good reason. His early pioneering of the segmented marketing model grew Snyder Communications tremendously, earning him the title of “Youngest CEO of a New York Stock Exchange Company” at the age of 32. While any person with an estimated net-worth of $2.6 Billion has the ability to use their wealth for good, Snyder has made continual charitable contributions to society throughout his career. As his success has increased, so has the magnitude of his family’s community impact.

Snyder Family Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center

In 1995, Snyder’s daughter was born three months prematurely, weighing only 2 pounds. He and his wife were significantly impacted by this event. When their second daughter was also born premature, they felt an overwhelming responsibility to make a tangible difference in some way. Snyders took action by donating more than $3 million to Children’s Hospital towards the completion of a developing emergency department. The facility was renamed the Snyder Family Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center.

Daniel M. Snyder and Family Communications Center

In 1999, Snyder and his wife Tanya worked with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to construct the Daniel M. Snyder and Family Communications Center in the greater Washington D.C area. Serving as a 24/7 call center, this establishment has been a great asset to the mission of the NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children). Through the handling of nearly 4 million phone calls over three decades, they have been able to recover approaching 200,000 children. The organization also creates age progression photos, trains public service professionals, and works to educate the public about the critical issue. In honor of their support Dan and Tanya Snyder were awarded the “Charles B. Wang International Children’s Award”, presented at the NCMEC annual Hope Awards in 2004.

Global Disaster Relief

Dan Snyder is no stranger to providing national disaster relief, either. His donations provided $1 Million in support to those affected by the 9/11 attacks. He contributed $600,000 towards victims of Hurricane Katrina. His benefaction went global after the 2004 tsunami, when he covered shipping costs for food and supplies to Thailand and Indonesia. More recently in 2016, the Snyder family stepped up again in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The storm devastated the Bahamas, killing hundreds, destroying homes and causing flooding that limited residents access to essential needs. The final damage toll was estimated in the millions. While a common response to this crisis would be to donate a large sum of cash to relief efforts such as the Red Cross, Dan Snyder took a more direct approach. Instead, he wasted no time in utilizing his own resources. Specifically, his Bombardier BD-700 Global Express private jet. The 99 foot aircraft was loaded to capacity with disaster supplies such as medical kits, batteries, bottled water, and pallets of non perishable food. Within 48 hours of the storm’s succession, the plane had landed in the Bahamas. Bahamas Minister of Tourism praised Dan Snyder’s altruistic act, expressing that mobilizing quickly to provide relief had set an example for others to take action as well.

Cancer Awareness & Foundation Work

Taking full advantage of his financial and professional resources for good is more than a one time occurrence for Snyder. It is a common theme through much of his charitable work. Through the platform of the Redskins Foundation, Snyder has made incredible contributions to local communities. The program hosts $29 Million worth of youth initiative programs. Youth for Tomorrow, an organization for at-risk youth, presented Daniel Snyder with the “Distinguished Leader Award” in 2010, in recognition of his long time support.

Another important cause the Snyders believe in is cancer awareness. Both Daniel and Tanya successfully beat cancer, a privilege they do not take for granted. His wife has not let her voice in the NFL go to waste. Following in her husband’s example, she began a long time partnership, launching initiatives such as the “Crucial Catch”. Tanya’s mission is raising awareness, emphasizing how early cancer detection is crucial to breast cancer survivorship. The sea of pink gear and ribbons that covers stadiums every October is part of her campaign, Think Pink! Her efforts over the past 20 years earned her well deserved recognition with the American Cancer Society’s “Mother of the Year Award” in 2013.

Daniel Snyder’s life has been full of career struggles, triumphs, highs and lows. But one trait that has remained consistent is his commitment to action, making measurable differences in the lives of many. In a sea of opulent billionaires, Daniel has proven to “put his money where his heart is”.

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