Sports Philanthropy Network

We build STRONGERHEALTHIER and MORE INCLUSIVE communities through sports.

By providing media coverage and spotlighting the outstanding work of athletes, sports foundations and other sports non-profits, we elevate the profile of the sports philanthropy sector through our podcasts, research and community resources.

The Sports Philanthropy Network provides professional development programs and educational resources including the Sports Philanthropy Webinar series, the Sports Philanthropy Podcast, our Event Calendar, our blog resources and our annual
Sports Philanthropy World Conference.

We all know that sports have a special power to bring people together and we love sharing the exciting successes.  If you have information about upcoming events or other organizations which are doing great work, please let us know via email to Roy Kessel at

We love helping organizations that are using sports for social change, equality, justice, education, opportunity and empowerment.

Event Experience

Roy Kessel has extensive event experience. He has created, managed and promoted a wide variety of events including dinners, golf outings, bowling events and other parties.  His experience includes work for: 

  • The Tournament of Roses
  • NFL Coaches Association
  • University of Wisconsin Alumni
  • Stardust Casino
  • The Support Group Celebrity Golf Outing
  • Jewish Sports Foundation
  • Darrell Pollack DP9 Foundation
  • Beth Judea Synagogue
  • Temple Chai


Fundraising is critical to all non-profit organizations.  It is the lifeblood of their programming.

All too often, organizations fail to take a systematic approach to their fundraising efforts, leaving the success at the mercy of a laundry list of variables.  Creating a structured giving program and training your board on the best solicitation techniques can pay enormous dividends for your organization.

Ask Roy Kessel about innovative programs that can help your  organization by emailing to him at

Education and Programs

The substance of any non-profit is the education it provides and the programs that it runs.  We strongly commend the organizations that undertake these critical tasks and give back to the community.

Roy Kessel has been involved in creating educational events and programs for a wide variety of organizations whose missions include sports, leadership, social justice, education, law, media, business and technology.

See how SPN can help you develop programs to make your organization a lasting success in your community.

The Sports Philanthropy Network Team


The Sports Philanthropy Network works with many organizations.  If you would like to become a sponsor and have ongoing access to our growing portfolio, please contact Roy Kessel at to explore how we can help you accomplish your goals.

Our Mission

The Sports Philanthropy Network’s mission to assist athletes, teams, leagues and other sports organizations harness the power of sports to do good things in their communities.  We love programs which focus on social change, education, opportunity, empowerment and other social causes.  We also love helping other non-profits benefit from our experience so that we can help them find athletes to assist them in their outreach and fundraising efforts.