How Sports Support Communities in Times of Tragedy

How Sports Support Communities in Times of Tragedy

We unfortunately start off our November blog series with a story that has been written too many times. After the chaos that was the final few days of October in the US, our hearts go out to all who were affected by the tragedies in Pittsburgh and Kentucky. As it has with past tragedies in this country, the sports world has stepped in and continued to promote peace, unity and understanding. Sport has the power to change the world, as Nelson Mandela famously said, but it also has the power to heal it. Young people who play sports do better in school, are more likely to avoid negative activities and behaviors, are more likely to graduate high school, and are overall healthier and happier. More importantly, sport brings together young people from different backgrounds and teaches them to work together towards a goal.  No matter how many tragedies we face, we see more people coming together to help and support those who...
Read More
October 2018 Sports Philanthropy Round Up

October 2018 Sports Philanthropy Round Up

We’ve compiled some of the biggest stories and news in sports philanthropy from the month of October 2018. Take a look at the latest updates from the industry and send us us your thoughts @tacklewhatsnext!   NFL Eagles DE Chris Long is at it again with donating salary to charity Eagles DE Chris Long is donating 25% of his 2018 earnings to support a United Way of Philadelphia Drive to increase early literacy in children from underserved communities through The Chris Long Foundation. Last year, Long donated his entire salary to charity. Julius Peppers Starts Hurricane Relief Fund Julius Peppers launched the Julius Peppers Hurricane Relief Fund to assist with the rebuilding process after Hurricane Florence. Peppers' personally donated $100k into the fund and is encouraging fans, the community and NFL players to get involved. Paul Allen, owner of Seahawks, Trail Blazers and co-founder of Microsoft, dies at 65 According to the Associated Press, Allen gave more than $2 billion to a wide range of interests, including ocean health,...
Read More
The NFL’s Expanded Crucial Catch Initiative

The NFL’s Expanded Crucial Catch Initiative

  It’s October, and those accustomed to the NFL’s continued support Breast Cancer Awareness Month have seen things look a little different since last season. The NFL is still deeply engaged in their “Crucial Catch” partnership with the American Cancer Society. In the month of October, each team is assigned a home game that is their “Crucial Catch” game. In 2017, the NFL expanded their reach to support all cancers and detection, not just breast cancer. The goal posts are decorated with multi-colored wraps, a multi-colored stencil is chalked onto the end zones and game balls feature the new "Crucial Catch" logo. On the sidelines, you can see players and coaches sporting multicolored apparel and equipment like helmet decals, captains' patches, wristbands, cleats, gloves, sideline caps, towels and shoelaces. Fans can buy merchandise online and proceeds from the purchase is donated to the “Crucial Catch” initiative and goes to the American Cancer Society. Now that the NFL has expanded their efforts...
Read More
Tips to Plan a Successful Charity Fundraiser

Tips to Plan a Successful Charity Fundraiser

Charity fundraisers are a great way for nonprofit organizations to raise money and awareness for their cause, while also courting major donors. As with any event, there is a lot of hard work that goes into throwing a fundraiser of any kind. There is money that has to go into the event and staff take time out of their duties with the organization to support the fundraiser. An unorganized fundraiser can turn out to be a waste of time and money. But, a well-run fundraiser can be a significant asset to your organization and create added impact and awareness for your cause. Here’s how to make sure your event is well-done. 1. Decide what kind of fundraiser works best for your organization. There is a wide variety of fundraisers that exist. From galas to sports tournaments all the way to movie nights or dine-ins at your favorite restaurant, the options are important to consider. Sometimes your organization may need to...
Read More
September Sports Philanthropy Round Up

September Sports Philanthropy Round Up

We’ve compiled some of the biggest stories and news in sports philanthropy from the month of September 2018. Take a look at the latest updates from the industry and send us us your thoughts @tacklewhatsnext!   Community Partnerships Four Baltimore projects receive $170,000 in grants from Under Armour, ESPN partnership Going behind bars: How fantasy football works in prison Nickelodeon Gears-up for the 15th Annual Worldwide Day of Play! Amazon's Bezos Launches $2 Billion Fund to Help the Homeless ‘Lost Boyz’ doc strengthens Chi community w/baseball New app DraftMates offers fantasy sports with a charitable twist   NFL The Malcolm Jennings Foundation Announces 5th Annual Blitz, Bow-ties & Bourbon Fundraiser NFL Star Visits Smile Train’s Partners in Mexico Oakland Raiders pledge $250K to save Oakland youth sports eliminated by OUSD NFL Foundation contributes $1 million to hurricane relief Bucs announce social justice initiative Bears players, ownership discuss commitment to social justice issues Saints' Benjamin Watson to donate $5000 to a different charity every Friday For N.F.L. Star Brandon Marshall, Vacations Make a Point Save The Date: Sports Super...
Read More