Athletes for Hope releases “How To Give Back During COVID-19”

  Our Response to COVID-19
As we continue monitoring and responding to the COVID-19 crisis, Athletes for Hope is adjusting our focus to enable athletes to connect with and inspire the community during this challenging and unprecedented time.

In that spirit, we wanted to update you on what our team will be doing to spread hope during the coming days and months:

Reach  out to our network of nonprofit organizations to better understand their needs and facilitate connections with our athletes who may be be able to fulfill those needs (ie Skype with a family in need, assemble a care package, send a letter of support, etc)

Share content focused around themes such as ways to stay physically active, remaining positive and overcoming adversity via social media

Highlight content across social media featuring leagues and athletes who are standing up to raise support in the fight against COVID-19 with the hope this will inspire others to help out as well  

If you are a nonprofit that has immediate volunteer needs, please submit your requests via this short form and one of our team members will get back with you as soon as possible. We know the burden of many community needs will fall upon your network, and we want to quickly ramp up to best support YOU during this crisis.

Amazon Wishlists
Does your nonprofit rely on donations of food and items to assist the public? Send us your Amazon Wishlist. Our broad network of athletes and partners can help promote these needs through leveraging their social media platforms.  

Here are four things you can do today to help out during the COVID-19 crisis AFH will be partnering with Classroom Champions to host daily Facebook Live sessions with children around the U.S. beginning on Monday, March 23rd. Each session will occur at 12pm EST and feature athletes who share insight around topics such as mindfulness, cooking, reading, staying active, and many more. If you are interested in participating, please reach out to Additionally, here are other ways you can give back during this challenging time:
ChemoAngels CardAngel-send cards to kids who are undergoing chemotherapy

Operation Gratitude Write letters to active duty soldiers or veterans

UN Volunteers Online Online volunteerism worldwide

BeMyEyes Bringing sight to low vision or blind people

Project Linus Make no sew blankets for children’s hospitals at home  

AFH Fit Virtual Fitness Videos Schools are shutting down and we want to help keep kids active at home with virtual athlete visits. To do so, our athletes will be inviting kids across the nation to stay fit by joining them as they demonstrate and practice their favorite at-home exercises. We have an incredible group of athlete members who are committed to helping kids and communities stay fit. Look for video content to be sent out Mondays and Wednesdays every week! We will be sending more information soon so stay tuned to our page for more information. If you are an athlete in our network that would like to send in a video to share with our larger network, please email them to

Parents, please subscribe to the AFH YouTube channel for those weekly activity videos!

And be sure to share videos of your kids and family participating along with Team AFH Fit by using @AthletesforHope (IG & Twitter) and #AFHAtHome.

We can’t wait to see what you’ve got! Want to track your fitness goals? Use our AFH Fit Tracking Logs.  

Give Back & Give Thanks In addition to getting up and moving with us, we also wanted to provide your child with an opportunity to express their gratitude. To do so, we’ve included a template that can be colored, filled out and sent to someone they are particularly appreciative of during this trying time. The power of a simple note from your child will put a smile on the face of those on the frontlines – doctors, nurses, pharmacists, grocery workers and many more. Before sending, make sure you show us how you’re spreading the love! As we continue to hunker down during this incredibly difficult time, we remain eager to collaborate and discover unique ways to connect, support and serve in the virtual space or in your local communities. As additional details and updates roll in, you can expect the AFH team to communicate those with you so please keep an eye out for us in your inbox, check out our social media pages and head to our website for all the latest. We are thinking about all of you in our community who are struggling with this challenging situation and seek to spread hope by shining a light on those who are working to remain positive, healthy and support our community!  
Athletes for Hope is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that aims to educate, encourage, and assist athletes in their efforts to engage with community and charitable causes, to increase public awareness of and support for those efforts, and to inspire others to do the same. Through this mission and the vision of our Founding Athletes, we empower professional and Olympic athletes to channel their energy for a common goal: to make a difference in the world. AFH now works with over 7,000 athletes across 25 different sports. (301) 276-9970 |
Roy Kessel

Roy Kessel

Roy Kessel is the Founder of the Sports Philanthropy Network. Roy has worked in the sports business world for over 20 years including serving as an instructor in Northwestern University's graduate Sports Management Program. Having served as a sports lawyer representing athletes, entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, Roy has extensive experience helping organizations improve their strategy, marketing, communications and leadership development.
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