Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation Impacts Communities Nationwide with Youth Development Parks Initiative

Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation Impacts Communities Nationwide with Youth Development Parks Initiative

The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation has been creating safe places for kids to play in cities around the country, from Chicago to Miami, Baltimore to Spokane, and the Bronx all the way to Los Angeles. The organization is based in Baltimore and was founded by brothers Bill and Cal Ripken, Jr. as a tribute to their father’s devotion to teaching life skills and lessons through sports. The foundation offers programming ranging from law enforcement relationships to girls’ empowerment to healthy lifestyles and more. Over 460,900 at-risk youth have access to one of the parks built by their Youth Development Parks Initiative. With 81 parks built (and counting) around the country, the parks initiative is making positive change in communities nationwide. We spoke with Randy Acosta, Vice President of Resource Development at the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, to learn more about how their team makes the parks program happen. “Anytime you are in the charitable world, relationships are so critical,” says Acosta. “For us,...
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The 2019 NFL Pro Bowl’s Philanthropic Impact

The 2019 NFL Pro Bowl’s Philanthropic Impact

The NFL’s "All-Star Game" is quickly approaching, and this year’s Pro Bowl in Orlando, FL will bring together some of the brightest stars from the gridiron. While overshadowed by the following week’s Super Bowl extravaganza in Atlanta, the NFL has planned a weekend full of events with some of its biggest stars, and, yes, some community impact. Who's playing in the Pro Bowl? In case you missed the pro bowl roster, here are just a handful of the big stars that will be in Orlando in two weeks: Von Miller, DeAndre Hopkins, J.J. Watt, Melvin Gordon, Philip Rivers, Tom Brady, Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Julio Jones, Khalil Mack, Ezekiel Elliott, Aaron Rodgers, Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, Drew Brees, Saquon Barkley, and Zach Ertz. (Barring playoff results of course!) Many of these players are regular activists throughout the year. DeAndre Hopkins gave his playoff game check worth about $29,000 to the family of Jazmine Barnes, a 7 year old killed in...
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Defining Sports Philanthropy

Defining Sports Philanthropy

Throughout 2018 we took a look at a variety of sports philanthropy topics, whether it be from a pro athlete, league, team or corporate partner perspective. To kick off our blog in 2019, we decided to define how we here at DB Consulting see sports philanthropy and what is all included when we talk about it. What is Sports Philanthropy? Sports philanthropy is the idea of making a social impact in the community through the world of sports. This social impact can range from grassroots sport for development programs to campaigns involving a sports property to individual initiatives involving a professional athlete. Sports philanthropy is the umbrella for all community impact work done using sport as a tool. Different Types of Sports Philanthropy Sport for Development Sport for development is one of the most common ways to participate in sports philanthropy. Typically this work is done in grassroots organizations in different parts of the world working with disadvantaged youth, but this arm of sports philanthropy...
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December 2018 Sports Philanthropy Round Up

December 2018 Sports Philanthropy Round Up

Our final roundup of 2018 is here! We’re so proud of the major strides made in the world of sports philanthropy this year. There are so many great opportunities to make an impact in 2019 and beyond. We’ll be back in 2019 to share more of our favorite initiatives and tips with you! NBA Kobe Bryant Now Has A Massive ‘Mamba Sports Academy’ In Los AngelesKobe Bryant has launched Mamba Sports Academy in LA to educate and empower the next generation of kids through sports. The facility is more than 100,000 sq ft and has 5 basketball courts, 5 volleyball courts, 2 beach volleyball courts, an artificial turf field, an esports training ground, batting cages, pitching mounds and even a jiu jitsu school. 9-year-old Girl Prompts Steph Curry and Under Armour to Rebrand Curry 5 shoe9 year old Riley Morrison wrote Steph Curry because she couldn't find his new Curry 5 shoe in girls sizes on the Under Armour website. Her letter received...
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2018 Year in Review: Blog Edition

2018 Year in Review: Blog Edition

This year, we had the opportunity to write about a number of important topics in the world of sports philanthropy. We are thrilled that you kept reading with us all year long. We’re keeping this one short and sweet as we dive into some great blogs we have planned for 2019, including more interviews and thought leadership from around the field of sports philanthropy. Our Favorites: Tips & Advice The Keys to Successful Philanthropic Partnerships“If you are looking for the right partner to support your initiative, it’s important to keep in mind that there are such things as the wrong partners. Your team should understand the goals you want to achieve through your initiative and build a strategy around that. If you are clear on your focus and your goals, it will be much easier finding a partner that fits that mission.”How to Create Your Next Brilliant Cause Marketing Campaign“Sometimes you may have a service or product that your community could benefit...
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