Frank ‘The Wish Man’ Shankwitz joins
The Rugby Foundation Board of Directors

Las Vegas, Nevada— April 11, 2020 — The Rugby Foundation (TRF) is proud to announce our newest member of our Board of Directors Frank Shankwitz.

“I am incredibly humbled to have Frank Shankwitz joining The Rugby Foundation (TRF). His experience and leadership in the USA is supporting of community engagement along with his professional background and lifestyle with a military and police background is an incredible fit to our organization’ says Phil Klevorick TRF Founder and Chairman.

Frank Shankwitz is best known as the Creator, Co-Founder, and first President/CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an extraordinary charity that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. From humble beginnings, the Make-A-Wish Foundation is now a global organization that grants a child’s wish somewhere in the world on an average of every 28 minutes. Frank is a U.S. Air Force veteran and has a long and distinguished career in law enforcement. He began as an Arizona Highway Patrol Motorcycle Officer and retired as a Homicide Detective with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, with 42 years of service. 

Frank has been featured in numerous publications and television programs and has received several awards, including the “White House Call To Service Award” from both President George W. Bush and President Donald J. Trump, and the “Making A Difference In The World” award from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. In 2015 Frank joined six U.S. Presidents, as well as Nobel Prize winners and industry leaders, as a recipient of the “Ellis Island Medal of Honor.” In December 2015, following his commencement address, Frank was presented with an Honorary Doctorate Degree, Doctor of Public Service, from The Ohio State University. Also in December 2015, Frank was identified as one of the “10 Most Amazing Arizonans” in a front-page article in the Arizona Republic newspaper. In January 2016 Frank was identified in a Forbes Magazine article as a “Forbes Top Ten Keynote Speaker.” 

In April 2017 Frank was presented the “Unite4:Humanity Celebrity ICON Social Impact Award,” joining past recipients Matthew McConaughey and Morgan Freeman. In February 2018 Frank shared the stage with Matthew McConaughey at Universal Studios at the LA City Gala and was presented the first “City Gala Hero Award.” Frank’s book, Wish Man, was re-released in September 2018 and is available on Amazon and anywhere books are sold. In May 2019, following his commencement address, Frank was presented with an Honorary Doctorate Degree, Doctor of Law, from St. Norbert College. In June 2019 Frank joined 89 celebrities when he received his “STAR” on the Las Vegas Walk of Fame. In October 2019 Frank received a “Lifetime Service Award” from Women of Global Change. In November 2019 Frank received his “STAR” on the Coronado Island Walk of Stars. In November 2019 Frank and his wife, Kitty, were named the 2019 “Arizona Ambassadors of the Year” from the Consular Corps of Arizona. Frank’s life story is documented in a feature motion picture called Wish Man, and after being released in June 2019, which won several awards, including being qualified for an Academy Award. Frank is a board member on several non-profits, including U.S. Vets, The Wounded Blue, Broadway Hearts, Women of Global Change, and Level Up Homes, Project Kind, Safe Beat, and now, The Rugby Foundation.

You can learn more about Frank, or contact him, via his website,

The Rugby Foundation is a U.S. IRS 501(3) compliant charity with four pillars: 

  • Youth rugby programs that use the sport of rugby to support the education of rugby ethos and education programs.
  • Women’s focused development pathways in sport.
  • Adaptive sports programs including Paralympic Organizations and affiliates, and
  • Supporting health and wellness of our uniformed services personnel including police, fire, EMS and military. 

For more information is available through The Rugby Foundation website. Please visit: 


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