A 2010 Rhodes Scholar, Tyler Spencer is currently serving as Founder and Director of The Grassroot Project (TGP). He first conceived of the idea for TGP after spending two summers in South Africa volunteering to set up HIV prevention programs in DeBeers/Grassroot Soccer diamond mining communities. Realizing that HIV was a pressing problem in DC, that the curriculum he used in South Africa could be adapted to fit DC, and that athletes had the potential to change lives and have their own lives changed in the process, he created TGP. To date, the organization has trained more than 400 NCAA athletes to implement HIV prevention education to more than 3,000 at-risk youth in Washington D.C.
For his work with TGP, Tyler was named a 2011 Skoll Associate Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship, a 2011 World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper, and a 2011 CDC Young Innovator in HIV Prevention.