Sports Philanthropy Resources

Sports Philanthropy Resources

We took a break from our regular blog this week to share some of our sports philanthropy resource articles that have recently been published on our site. Here are some highlights from each of them.   Athlete Activism What is Athlete Activism? —Athlete activism is the idea of athletes using their name and brand to make a difference for a cause. Whether political, social or economical, these causes all aim to improve some part of the world around them. What is the big fuss about it? —Athlete activism has become a common buzzword in today’s highly volatile political environment. Nowadays, every sport, team and player has their own social responsibility initiatives, and it is expected that players give back in some way. This expectation and the requirement to give back can lead many athletes to do so just because they are supposed to, without actually investing in some sort of sustainable project that can continue to make a difference. As an athlete, is creating a foundation the best...
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Key Takeaways from the 2018 Laureus Summit on Sport for Good

This week, we had the opportunity to attend the first annual Laureus Summit, hosted by Laureus USA in Los Angeles, CA. The event was held on July 18th, on the 100th birthday of their founding patron Nelson Mandela. The focus of the summit was to shine a light on the sport’s positive impact on youth and communities worldwide. Per the event description, “The Laureus Summit is designed for youth-serving organizations, corporates, foundations, leagues and athletes to come together and celebrate Nelson Mandela's vision that sport has the power to change the world.” The city was playing host to both the ESPYS and ESPN Humanitarian Awards so the event was packed full of influencers and change makers in the sports philanthropy space. The extraordinary speakers shared their best practices, advice and challenges in the world of sports philanthropy with the diverse group of attendees from around the world. There was a lot to learn about the importance of sports philanthropy and all...
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MLB All-Star Week: National League All-Star Players Giving Back

MLB All-Star Week: National League All-Star Players Giving Back

The MLB All-Star team rosters have been announced and the players are in the Nation’s Capital this week. While we await the All-Star game tonight, we took a look at the players on both the American and National League All-Star rosters to see how they make a social impact in their communities. We know the MLB is dedicated to sports philanthropy, now let’s check out their best players. We want to know who is the most socially conscious team, the American League or the National League. This week we took a look at the National League. Click here to see last week’s look at the American League All-Star roster’s social impact.     NATIONAL LEAGUE Starters C: Willson Contreras, Chicago Cubs The Cubs catcher has his own foundation, The Willson Contreras Foundation, that supports homeless veterans. He created a custom t-shirt that raised money for the foundation and partner, Rags of Honor USA. He has met several times pregame with a ten year old boy with Down...
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MLB All-Star Week: American League All-Star Players Giving Back

MLB All-Star Week: American League All-Star Players Giving Back

  The MLB All-Star team rosters have been announced and the players are making their way to the Nation’s Capital this weekend. While we wait for the batting orders to be set, we took a look at the players on both the American and National League All-Star rosters to see how they make a social impact in their communities. We know the MLB is dedicated to sports philanthropy, now let’s check out their best players. We want to know who is the most socially conscious team, the American League or the National League. Click here for a rundown of the National League Roster.   AMERICAN LEAGUE   Starters   3B: Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians In March of this year, Jose Ramirez launched his own salsa line, Jose Jose Salsa. Proceeds from sales of the salsa will go to Cleveland Indians Charities, which supports Cleveland Metropolitan School District High School Baseball and Softball Programs, the Cleveland Baseball Federation's Larry Doby Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities Program (RBI) and Boys...
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MLB All-Star Week: Expected Impact on the Nation’s Capital

MLB All-Star Week: Expected Impact on the Nation’s Capital

This year’s All-Star Week will take place in Washington, DC. The best players from the MLB’s 30 teams will come together in the nation’s capital to battle it out in various competitions like Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game. The Washington Post projected last year that All-Star Week in DC could bring $100 million of benefit to the area. The last two All-Star Weeks have raised more than $80 million in both Miami and San Diego, the previous two host cities. Cincinnati saw a $60 million benefit when they hosted the 2015 All-Star Week.   The Washington DC Business Journal reported that the city is eager to host a future Olympic bid after losing their 2024 bid. Hosting big events like MLB All-Star Week is a great way to prove that the city is up for the challenge. The DC metro is even staying open late for the Home Run Derby on July 16th and the All Star Game on...
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