Opening Day – Social Impact in the MLB | Part One

Yesterday, Major League Baseball’s 30 clubs* across the continent (can’t forget about Canada) kicked off their 2018 season. Fun fact: March 29th is the earliest Opening Day in MLB history and it was the first time that all teams were scheduled an Opening Day game on the exact same day. In honor of the return of baseball, we took a look at how the league itself gives back in part one of a three part series that will be shared throughout the 2018 MLB season. *note: The Cincinnati Reds had to postpone their game against the Washington Nationals due to weather, so only 28 clubs kicked off on Thursday.   Baseball’s Historical Impact When discussing baseball's impact on philanthropy and social change, Jackie Robinson and his iconic MLB career must be a part of the conversation. Jackie Robinson started for the Brooklyn Dodgers on Opening Day, April 15th, 1945. (The link has a great clip of some action shots of Robinson in...
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Does March Madness Make a Social Impact?

Does March Madness Make a Social Impact?

With Cinderella teams, upsets and competitive match-ups that captivate the entire country, the NCAA’s March Madness Tournament may be the most exciting time of year in sports. More than $10.4 billion is wagered on the tournament each year according to WalletHub, and studies say that a lack of production at the office each year during tournament time equates to a loss of about $6.3 billion.    2018 March Madness- the Year of the Underdog This year has arguably been the craziest March Madness ever. With top seeds falling in every region, it really is the year of the underdog. The number 1 overall team, the University of Virginia Cavaliers (UVA), lost to 16 seed University of Maryland Baltimore County Retrievers (UMBC) in the biggest upset in the history of the men’s tournament (Harvard Women’s Basketball pulled off this feat against Stanford in 1998). Schools that can pull off the upset experience plenty of benefits off the basketball court. According to JohnWallStreet, UMBC garnered $119 million...
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Giving Back in the Pros

Giving Back in the Pros

Giving back as a professional athlete is no longer a choice. People expect athletes and influential brands to give back to their community. But just because you are expected to give back doesn't mean you should jump into anything that makes a difference. Follow these important steps to start finding your philanthropic focus and make an impact. 1. Think about what matters to you. If the cause or initiative is not authentic, it's tougher to prioritize. Make a list of things that matter to you and the issues or problems that could be solved or assisted by your influence. Take time to think about what matters to you. Once you find a focus, it's important to stick to it and integrate it into your brand. For that reason, you should take your time when making a decision. Speak to a trusted mentor, friends and advisers to discuss whether or not the alignment will work with your brand to cultivate maximum impact. 2. Don't automatically...
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