Evan Pittman is a current Ivy League college student who amassed an amazing record of academic, athletic and musical achievement throughout middle school and high school.
Growing up as a military family member, Evan lived in homes in Washington, DC; Norfolk, Virginia; Tampa, Florida; Des Moines, Iowa; Phoenix, Arizona, and now Providence, Rhode Island as a Brown University student. From fourth grade through his final 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, breaking records and winning world and national titles in powerlifting, Feats of Strength and the All-sports combine, appearing in the taekwondo national and Junior Olympic sparring finals four times, and earning All-American status in springboard diving – arguably his worst sport. Evan was also 2015, 2016 and 2018 AAU 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 nearly 90,000 people 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. With multiple family members having served in different branches of the U.S. military through the years, Evan also knows and understands the hardships of the military lifestyle, and in Fall 2015, launched his “Lift for Heroes” campaign supporting combat-injured veterans through the Bob Woodruff Foundation, ultimately raising $3500 for combat-wounded veterans through his powerlifting. In early 2016, 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; he has continued to perform with Musicians on Call during his college years.
With a deep interest in politics, Evan has participated in numerous civic and political activities, including the Valley Youth Leadership program, Arizona Boys State, the Arizona Governor’s Youth Commission, and summer internships in the offices of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake and with the 2016 re-election campaign of U.S. Senator John McCain. Evan is a two-time recipient of the national Presidential Volunteer Service Award, and during his senior year in high school, was selected as the City of Phoenix Outstanding Young Man of the Year.
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 the Korean martial art of 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, set two historic milestones — becoming the youngest competitive 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. During his four years of high school, Evan was also undefeated in the Junior Olympic Games 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 been involved in community service and civic activities from a 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. A political junkie, Evan served as an intern with Senator John McCain’s 2016 re-election campaign, in the Phoenix office of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, on Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s Youth Commission, with the Arizona First Political Action Committee, and with the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute in downtown Phoenix. He is a two-time recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, and as a high school senior, was selected as the City of Phoenix’s Outstanding Young Man of the Year.