Rylee Howerton


2023 Honoree

Focus Area:

Social Justice & Inclusion

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Rylee, diagnosed on the autism spectrum as a child, overheard other children using an offensive word. From that experience, she launched the “Choose Wise Words” campaign which resulted in a book and opportunities to speak to thousands of people about kindness and inclusivity. Now a high school student, she uses sports and pageants as a platform to share her message.