January 2019 Sports Philanthropy Round Up

January 2019 Sports Philanthropy Round Up

It's a new year and that means new philanthropic initiatives in the world of sports. This month we saw a number of different initiatives start up in the US pro sports space as well as internationally. From events to grassroots programming, check out some of the initiatives below and let us know your favorites! NBA Sacramento Kings Host Spotlight on Sustainability Night to Support Local Nonprofit, Showcasing Their Work in Sacramento RegionOn January 10, the Sacramento Kings will host the first “Spotlight Night” of the 2018-19 season at Golden 1 Center, in a continued effort to support regional nonprofits using basketball as an agent of change in the community. As the team takes on the Detroit Pistons, the Kings will salute the mission of ReCreate, a local nonprofit committed to reducing waste in the community and promoting recycling through art, education and imagination. Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker to donate $2.5 million to Suns CharitiesPhoenix Suns guard Devin Booker announced Friday that...
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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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