Podcast: Mara James, Extraordinary Lives Foundation (Children’s Mental Health and Wellness)

Listen to this week’s podcast as the Executive Director and Founder of the Extraordinary Lives Foundation, Mara James, joins our host, Roy Kessel, Founder of the Sports Philanthropy Network and talks about her inspiration for Piggie Bear and how the Power of Piggie Bear can transform young lives.

Topics covered in this week’s podcast include:

  • Mental Health
  • Children’s mental health and wellness
  • Depression
  • Bi-polar disease
  • Fundraising
  • Mental Health Awareness Month (May)
  • Extraordinary Lives Foundation

Listen as Mara James joins Sports Philanthropy Network Founder Roy Kessel
Mara James taking the stage at the Improv in irvine, CA to educate the crowd about the importance of dealing with children’s mental health and wellness issues

Start – 0:25 – Background of the Extraordinary Lives Foundation and the Inspiration for Piggie Bear

4:20 – What influenced Mara to write a book about Piggie Bear

7:00 – How to relate with Children most effectively

13:55 – How Children are affected by the book

14:40 – Talking about Improv night raising money for Extraordinary Lives

17:50 – Goals for Piggie Bear

18:15 – What should people expect for Mental Health day

19:30 – Significance of Lime Green Color

23:55 – Empower a child campaign

25:55 – What is in the Piggie Bear teaching guide?

30:15 – Why sports is a great way to get the word out

36:20 – Best way to contact Mara and learn more about Piggie Bear and the Extraordinary Lives Foundation

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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