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Shannon Allen

Founder, grown

Shannon Allen is the creator of grown, a first-of-its-kind, 100 percent USDA organic certified fast-food restaurant, and our resident mom-on-the-go. Shannon, a Connecticut native, currently lives in Miami with her husband, Ray Allen (two-time NBA champion, member of the Class of 2018 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame), and their five children. grown’s restaurant concept was inspired by the Allens’ middle child, Walker, and evolved from Shannon’s television show, The Pre-Game Meal, which was derived from 18 years of preparing optimal game-day meals for her husband. The show featured professional athletes and chefs preparing healthier versions of tailgate food in hopes of inspiring soccer moms and sports fans alike to embrace a healthier diet and exercise. The Allens are passionate advocates for research for a cure for type 1 diabetes in honor of their 16-year-old son, Walker, who has been thriving despite living with a potentially life-threatening autoimmune condition. Shannon, Ray and their family devote their time and efforts to raise the level of awareness of T1D and its symptoms and are committed with purpose, passion and dedication to prevailing in the fight against this disease.