Sports Philanthropy Network

We build STRONGERHEALTHIER and MORE INCLUSIVE communities through sports.

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

We also provide media coverage and spotlight the outstanding work of athletes, professional sports teams and leagues, sports foundations and other sports non-profits. Our goal is to elevate the profile of the sports philanthropy sector through our podcasts, extensive social media presence, research and the development of community resources.

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 us

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

Event Experience

The Sports Philanthropy Network team led by Roy Kessel has extensive event experience. 

Our team and leadership has created, managed and promoted a wide variety of events including dinners, golf outings, bowling events and other parties.  

Our experience includes work for: 

  • The Tournament of Roses
  • NFL Coaches Association
  • Oldsmobile Scramble
  • 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 us about innovative programs that can help your  organization by emailing to us 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.

Our leadership team and Board of Advisors have 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 build your organization’s capacity, strengthen your leadership and 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.

Promotional Partner

Corporate Partners

Programming Partners

Fundraising Partners

Sports Philanthropy World Sponsors

Our Mission

The Sports Philanthropy Network’s mission is 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.