Podcast: Michelle Mays and Alycia Powell

Left to Right: Michelle Mays, Alycia Powell, Takeo Spikes

Listen to this week’s Podcast as our guests Michelle Mays and Alycia Powell, Founders of Champions for Philanthropy sit down with our host Roy Kessel to discuss their work with athlete foundation and their upcoming Most Valuable Philanthropist event.

In their work, Alycia and Michelle help the organizations get off the ground, create new programs and identify the best way that they can make an impact in their community.

One of their big initiatives is their “Most Valuable Philanthropist” series which they launched at Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta. You can read more about that event here.

Listen below as they share stories about their favorite programs, their start in the industry and their passion for sports philanthropy.

Michelle Mays and Alycia Powell, Champions for Philanthropy share their insights with our host Roy Kessel, Sports Philanthropy Network


  • 00:50 Michelle’s background
  • 01:52 Alycia’s background
  • 05:10 Shared passion to help others
  • 05:50 Strategic plan development with athletes
  • 07:50 Dealing with the team around the athletes
  • 09:20 Services handled by Champions for Philanthropy
  • 13:30 How they handle the initial meeting with the athlete
  • 16:20 Different challenges working with current players vs. former players
  • 19:20 Focus on compliance, programming and charitable initiatives
  • 20:10 Alycia’s favorite initiatives
  • 22:30 Michelle’s favorite initiatives
  • 26:40 Athlete’s as role models
  • 29:10 Social Justice
  • 32:15 Voting restrictions
  • 38:00 Most Valuable Philanthropist Awards
  • 40:10 For which sport would they want to serve as Commissioner?

For more information about Champions for Philanthropy, take a look at their website at www.ChampionsForPhilanthropy.org. Let Michelle and Alycia know that you enjoyed their podcast and I am sure that they would be happy to take great care of you!!.

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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