What We Learned from The Atlantic’s Athletes + Activism Event

What We Learned from The Atlantic’s Athletes + Activism Event

We had the opportunity to attend The Atlantic’s Athletes + Activism summit in Washington, D.C. on May 30th. The event was held at the Entertainment and Sports Arena, the brand new home for the Washington Mystics in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Ward 8. The event featured speakers like Olympic Bronze Medalist in Fencing Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic Gold Medalist and World Cup Champion US Women’s Soccer star Briana Scurry, Olympic Bronze Medalist, Author and Civil Rights icon Dr. John Carlos, Former NFL Player, Author and Founder of The Imagination Agency Martellus Bennett, and many more. The Atlantic’s Jemele Hill moderated the panels and the entire Washington Mystics team was in attendance, with stars Kristi Toliver and Natasha Cloud both speaking during the event as well.   The Atlantic's Jemele Hill speaks to Olympic Bronze Medalist, Author and Civil Rights Icon Dr. John Carlos and Curator of Sports at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Damion Thomas. Here...
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How a Soccer Ball Can Change the World

How a Soccer Ball Can Change the World

Here in the US many of us see sports philanthropy as sports stars or organizations giving back to causes that matter to them. While that is a big part of things, there is another part that is much more grassroots. We spoke to Kalekeni Banda about Banda Bola Sports Foundation, an organization he created to encourage young people in Malawi go to school. The foundation is classified as a sport for development organization, meaning they use sport as a tool to create change in communities. Banda spoke to us about how the power of sports has impacted the lives of the children he serves. Using Soccer to Create Banda Bola Sports Foundation Photo Courtesy of Banda Bola Sports Foundation Starting Banda Bola Sports Foundation wasn’t always in the cards for Banda. He was born in rural Chituka Village in Malawi, and moved to the US at a young age. He has been coaching soccer here in the US from the youth, club and...
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The Power of Sport to Promote Mental Health Month

The Power of Sport to Promote Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month, a topic that has been increasingly discussed in the public eye. Approximately 46.6 million adults in the US face the reality of managing mental illness every day. That is a staggering 1 in 5 adults in the US population. The importance of mental health awareness has also been swirling around the world of sports, affecting athletes, teams, leagues and brands alike. Earlier this year, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver voiced concern during a speaking engagement that many of the players in his league “are genuinely unhappy”. Beyond Sport, one of the nation’s preeminent sport for good organizations, is hosting their first ever Stay in the Game event on June 11th, to explore sport’s role in promoting mental health and wellness.   NBA player Kevin Love went on the TODAY show at the beginning of the month to discuss his struggles with anxiety and depression, and why he chose to share that publicly. The spot included the National...
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How Character Playbook Promotes Social-Emotional Learning

How Character Playbook Promotes Social-Emotional Learning

EVERFI’s Character Playbook Partners with the NFL and United Way to Promote Social-Emotional Learning When you think of the NFL’s work in the community, United Way probably jumps to mind. The two have been partners since 1973, when then Commissioner Pete Rozelle and United Way of America established the NFL & United Way Partnership. This partnership aimed to increase public awareness and social service issues facing the country. Jump to 2019 and the 46-year partnership between United Way and the NFL is the longest running collaboration in history between a major sports league and a nonprofit. And they aren’t slowing down. The partners added Character Playbook to their repertoire in 2016 to teach middle schoolers about building healthy relationships and making good decisions. Character Playbook is powered by EVERFI, an education technology company that partners with organizations, institutions, and educators using technology to revolutionize the way education is developed and delivered. EVERFI’s website explains that Character Playbook allows students to engage with...
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April 2019 Sports Philanthropy Round Up

April 2019 Sports Philanthropy Round Up

April 6th: #IDSDP FIH shares stories showing power of sport to promote peace on International Day of Sport for Development and Peace World Rugby announce Spirit of Rugby partners to mark the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace Peace and Sport President Bouzou praises impact of #WhiteCard initiative Happy International Day of Sport for Development and Peace! International Day of Sport: Lagos SWAN renews call to tackle unemployment through sports Supporting children around the world through sport Adaptive tennis players breaking serves, barriers in ‘Wheel it Forward’ tournament 6 Team USA Athletes Who Are Using The Power Of Sport For Good Young Change-maker Betsmara Cruz: "Promoting Healthy Living in Puerto Rico" Giving Athletes: Why Sports Philanthropy Deserves Our Attention Driving social change through sport Israel holds first ‘White Card Day,’ joining UN’s global sports-for-peace push Impact workshop on sport and sustainable development Run for Peace ANOC Celebrates International Day of Sport for Development and Peace with Opening of New Sports School for Syrian Refugees What happened on the International Day of Sport for Development...
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