Joakim Noah, Co-Founder
Joakim Noah was born in New York City on February 25, 1985. A third-generation athlete, the fiery center of the New York Knicks (formerly of the Chicago Bulls) has become renown for his unstoppable passion, tireless energy and relentless work ethic – both on and off the court.
After experiencing success at both the high school and collegiate levels – including two consecutive National Championships with the Florida Gators – Joakim was selected as the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the six-time NBA Champion Chicago Bulls. He played a key role as "the man in the middle” night after night at the United Center, and propelled the Bulls to seven consecutive playoff appearances. In 2016, Joakim realized a childhood dream to play in his hometown on the New York Knicks. Joakim is a two-time All Star, and was named the Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2014.
For Joakim, giving back to the community is a priority and is something he has been committed to since early in his career. He is passionate about the well-being, emotional development and physical safety of children, so he founded Noah’s Arc Foundation in 2010 with his mother, Cecilia Rodhe.
Joakim is incredibly active within the foundation, developing strong relationships with the children, teens and young adults who participate in the art and sports programs. He also is a huge advocate for peace in Chicago, and works diligently to facilitate programs and events that encourage young people to reduce violence in their communities. In recognition of his community efforts, Joakim was named the winner of the February 2015 NBA Cares Community Assist Award and was selected as the recipient of the 2015 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.