Benita Fitzgerald Mosley added to Main Stage at Sports Philanthropy World

“We are thrilled to have Benita Fitzgerald Mosley join our Main Stage Panel on Teams and Leagues,” said Roy Kessel, Founder of the Sports Philanthropy Network. “Benita’s career in sports has given her a broad perspective on the challenges facing the youth sports marketplace. As CEO of Laureus USA, Benita set a high standard to making efforts to advance the initiatives of the organization. We are certain that her new role will enhance her ability to make a great impact on our communities.”


Head of Community & Impact, LeagueApps; President of FundPlay

Benita Fitzgerald Mosley serves as the Head of Community & Impact and President of FundPlay for LeagueApps. In this role, Fitzgerald Mosley helps guide LeagueApps in its commitment, centered by a core belief in the power of equitable sport, to shape a youth sports industry that makes the world better.

Fitzgerald Mosley, an Olympic Gold Medalist and purpose-led champion in sports and business, is responsible for stewarding LeagueApps partnerships with North American professional sports leagues and their respective youth development initiatives. She also drives the advancement of the NextUp community platform, which was named a finalist in the 2020 Hashtag Sports Awards for “Most Inspiring Engagement During the Sports Pause.”

As President of FundPlay, Fitzgerald Mosley leads this LeagueApps program to support youth sports organizations and foster sports experience opportunities for young people from underserved communities. LeagueApps created FundPlay to achieve its goal of impacting 500,000 kids by the end of 2022 through software grants, training, professional development, partnerships with aligned nonprofits and advocacy.

Fitzgerald Mosley also serves as a Senior Advisor for several firms, including Proteus International and 17 Sport. Named a Notable Women in Sports by Crain’s New York Business and a Game Changer by SportsBusiness Journal, Fitzgerald Mosley also serves on the International Olympic Committee Sport and Active Society Commission, the PLAY Sports Coalition Steering Committee and the US Olympic & Paralympic Museum Board of Directors.

Her illustrious career as a track athlete was capped by winning a gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, making her the first American woman to accomplish this feat. Fitzgerald Mosley was named “Sportswoman of the Century” by The Potomac News, and “Top Female Sports Figure of the Century from Virginia” by Sports Illustrated. She is an inductee into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, Virginia High School Hall of Fame and Penn Relays Hall of Fame.

She was one of eight U.S. Olympians to carry the Olympic Flag during the Opening Ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics and was named “Hurdler of the Decade” of the 1980s by Track and Field News. Prior to joining LeagueApps, Fitzgerald Mosley served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA and also previously worked as Chief Operating Officer for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and Chief of Sport Performance for USA Track & Field. Fitzgerald Mosley is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a charter member of the Tennessee Volunteers Hall of Fame.

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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