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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How the Learning by Giving Foundation is Influencing Future Generations of Giving

How the Learning by Giving Foundation is Influencing Future Generations of Giving

In 2017, more than $410 billion was donated to charities, the most ever, and 70% of those donations were made by individuals.  But how many of those individuals were educated about effective philanthropic giving? Thanks to the Learning by Giving Foundation, we may soon see a new generation of educated philanthropists making responsible and sustainable decisions to impact their communities. Doris Buffett (yes, THAT Buffett family) founded the Learning by Giving Foundation in 2003 to continue her legacy of philanthropy by educating and inspiring the next generation of philanthropists. Since then, the foundation has awarded $2,961,537 grant dollars to 724 grantees and taught 166 philanthropy courses to 4,862 students. Students that enroll in a Learning by Giving course are given $10,000 to collectively donate by the end of the semester to a local community organization. “One of the really unique things about the Learning by Giving Foundation model is that all of the work is done entirely by students,” says...
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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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