Evan Pittman is a current Ivy League college student who amassed an amazing record of academic and athletic achievements while growing up, and continues to serve his local community.
Raised in a military family, Evan moved multiple times for his father’s military reassignments, and has lived in Washington, DC; Norfolk, Virginia; Tampa, Florida; Des Moines, Iowa; Phoenix, Arizona, and now Providence, Rhode Island, where he attends college at Brown University. From fourth grade through his senior year of high school, he starred at the annual Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games, winning 42 gold medals in national competition in a variety of sports. He also won world and national titles in powerlifting, Feats of Strength and the All-sports combine, while breaking multiple records; fought his way to the taekwondo national and Junior Olympic Games sparring finals four times; and earned All-American status in springboard diving – arguably his worst sport. Evan is a three-time Amateur Athletic Union Strength Sports National Athlete of the Year, and is a past recipient of the Junior Olympic Games’ prestigious Joel Ferrell Award.
With a strong sense of community service, Evan has performed as a volunteer musician for thousands at sporting and community events across America, including at military and veterans ceremonies and parades, during weekly church services, and for residents of retired veterans homes and assisted living facilities. As a high school junior, he became the youngest Arizona musician selected for the volunteer program Musicians on Call, which brings professional musicians to perform at the bedsides of sick and critically ill children, and he continues to perform with Musicians on Call today.
With a deep interest in politics and public policy, Evan has participated in civic and political activities since middle school. As a high school student, he was a delegate to the Arizona Governor’s Youth Commission, volunteered with the 2016 re-election campaign of U.S. Senator John McCain, served as an intern in the Phoenix office of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, was a Ronald Reagan Fellow at the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix, and as a college junior, was selected as the Arizona representative to the Henry Clay Student College Congress. Evan is a two-time recipient of the national Presidential Volunteer Service Award, and was selected as the City of Phoenix Outstanding Young Man of the Year as a high school senior.
Evan has been playing the violin and performing since he was six years old, and has used his talent to deliver joy to thousands. With a goal of sharing his music for celebrations and events, this young Arizonan has played for more than 90,000 people in multiple states – New York, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, New Mexico, California, Connecticut, Iowa, Colorado and Arizona. He has performed more than two hundred times in public as a soloist and with groups, playing classical, popular, patriotic, traditional, religious music and Irish fiddling, and uplifting spirts across the country – from weekly church services and professional sporting events, to forgotten retirees at veterans’ homes, to the grieving attendees at a high school classmate’s funeral. He serves with his bow, and his sound touches hearts and souls.
As a child, Evan played soccer, basketball, and baseball, and began studying taekwondo at age seven. He first competed in taekwondo Olympic sparring at age 10, ultimately winning 10 state titles in multiple states over three years of competition. He also began training in powerlifting at age 10, broke a world record in his first competition, and in his senior year of high school, became the youngest powerlifter in history to break more than 100 age-group world records, and the only powerlifter in history to break national and world records in nine different weight classes. Evan was also undefeated a the AAU Junior Olympic Games in the All-sports Combine – a test of explosive power and speed pitting athletes from all Junior Olympic Games sports against each other. Taking up springboard diving in middle school, Evan was a three-time Arizona high school state finalist and AAU All American. He has also trained in the Winter Olympic sliding sport of skeleton.
Evan has volunteered in support of his local community and participated in civic activities from a very young age. As a volunteer musician, he has played for church services, weddings, funerals and ceremonies since age 11; at age 16, he became the youngest musician nation-wide to join the non-profit “Musicians on Call” when that organization began sending musicians to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Later, he developed a fund-raiser for the Bob Woodruff Foundation, raising money for combat-wounded veterans through his powerlifting. He continues to volunteer with Musicians on Call today, whether at home in Phoenix, or in New England, performing at Boston’s Veterans hospital.