Using Lacrosse to Empower Indigenous Youth

Using Lacrosse to Empower Indigenous Youth

We say this a lot, but it’s true: Sport has the power to make meaningful and positive change in communities around the world. Earlier this year, the National Lacrosse League (NLL) announced they were extending their partnership with Right To Play, an organization that aims to protect, educate and empower youth through play and sport. The partnership aims to increase awareness of Right To Play and to raise money for local programming benefitting youth in Indigenous communities. We spoke to National Lacrosse League Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz and Right To Play’s Director of Canada Programs, Rose Lipton, to learn more about the partnership and how the organizations are using lacrosse to benefit Indigenous youth in Canada. The Connection Between Lacrosse and Indigenous Youth For those that aren’t familiar with the history of lacrosse, the sport was first played by Indigenous peoples in the US and Canada. “Some people might not know that lacrosse has strong links to First Nations peoples and cultures across Turtle...
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The Numbers Behind Sport for Development’s Impact in Communities

The Numbers Behind Sport for Development’s Impact in Communities

April 6th is the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP). Formally recognized by the United Nations, the day is an opportunity for organizations around the world to show how sport has made a positive social impact in their communities. Nelson Mandela famously said that sport has the power to change the world. But how has it truly made an impact? UNICEF and the Barça Foundation came together to create Getting into the Game, a study on Sport for Development (S4D) programs around the world and how those programs are affecting the lives of the youth they work with. Why is Sport for Development Important? Sport for development benefits for young people is particularly evident throughout various programs worldwide. Per the study, benefits for youth include improvements in life skills, self-esteem, education, health, and general well-being. The term "sport for development" applies to any initiative that uses sport as a tool for social change, or to achieve personal...
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March 2019 Sports Philanthropy Roundup

March 2019 Sports Philanthropy Roundup

NFL Zach Ertz Honored With Steinberg-DeNicola Humanitarian AwardZach Ertz was recognized with the Steinberg-DeNicola Humanitarian Award for his service to the community. Ertz joined teammate Carson Wentz on a trip to Haiti and soon decided to form the Ertz Family Foundation with his wife Julie to assist youth who were less fortunate with better sporting equipment.  Ben Roethlisberger’s Charity Donates $70K To Police K-9 Programs In Pittsburgh AreaPittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced eight grants worth a total of $70,000 to police K-9 programs from his foundation on Monday. The mission of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation is to support K-9 units of police and fire departments throughout the United States, with a particular emphasis on service dogs in Pittsburgh.  Meet Philadelphia Eagles’ running back Corey Clement at launch of new youth sports nonprofitThe Lancaster Sports Association will launch 3/23 and works to ensure that all kids, no matter where they live, can play sports in high school, college and beyond. They've gained the...
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How March Madness Can Integrate Philanthropy

How March Madness Can Integrate Philanthropy

It’s that time of year again where everyone is glued to their (multiple) screens and work productivity comes to a halt. March Madness is here, but once again we are left wondering about the philanthropic impact. With the advent of legalized sports betting in several states across the US, the monetary value of March Madness has increased even more. Per Front Office Sports and the American Gaming Association, 47 million people will wager approximately $8.5 billion on this year’s men’s tournament. March Madness is the most profitable postseason tv deal in sports, Forbes reports. The 2017 generated $1.285 billion in ad revenue and last year's tournament brought in $1.32 billion in national TV ad revenue. The audience of the tournament reaches close to 100 million people in 180 countries, and over 700,000 attending live games. While the NFL brought in $1.68 billion for the 2018 postseason, the amount of money that the networks pay for broadcasting rights makes it much...
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How the Learning by Giving Foundation is Influencing Future Generations of Giving

How the Learning by Giving Foundation is Influencing Future Generations of Giving

In 2017, more than $410 billion was donated to charities, the most ever, and 70% of those donations were made by individuals.  But how many of those individuals were educated about effective philanthropic giving? Thanks to the Learning by Giving Foundation, we may soon see a new generation of educated philanthropists making responsible and sustainable decisions to impact their communities. Doris Buffett (yes, THAT Buffett family) founded the Learning by Giving Foundation in 2003 to continue her legacy of philanthropy by educating and inspiring the next generation of philanthropists. Since then, the foundation has awarded $2,961,537 grant dollars to 724 grantees and taught 166 philanthropy courses to 4,862 students. Students that enroll in a Learning by Giving course are given $10,000 to collectively donate by the end of the semester to a local community organization. “One of the really unique things about the Learning by Giving Foundation model is that all of the work is done entirely by students,” says...
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