PODCAST: S2:EP10 Keenan Harrell, Baltimore Ravens

Join us for S2:EP10 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast as Keenan Harrell from the Baltimore Ravens sits down with our host Roy Kessel to talk about the work the Ravens are doing in their community and how their foundation helps the athletes on the team develop their philanthropic interests.


  • 00:40 Background and education
  • 03:30 How he found Sports Philanthropy
  • 05:00 Differences between the leagues and how they handle CSR, Community Relations, Sports Philanthropy and Social Impact
  • 07:30 Overview of the Baltimore Ravens Foundation
  • 12:00 Process for selecting initiatives
  • 16:00 How they listening to Community Needs
  • 17:00 Challenges in determining where to focus
  • 19:30 Impact of NFL scouting on how they work with players
  • 25:00 How players are prepared for sports philanthropy
  • 26:00 Limitations of involving NFL players
  • 27:45 Examples of players doing great work
  • 33:00 Process of individual player meetings
  • 38:30 Grant programs and community partnerships
  • 41:00 Keenan as Commission of the NFL
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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