PODCAST: Mitch Nelles, Host of “It’s All Thunder”

Listen to Episode 37 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast as long time sports talk radio personality Mitch Nelles sits down with our host Roy Kessel to talk about how athletes can make more of an impact in their community and some of the challenges that he sees with helping athletes accomplish these goals.

Having worked in sports radio and having the opportunity to interact with and interview numerous sports personalities, Mitch recently launched the “It’s All Thunder” Podcast on the iHeart Radio App, making it available to over 120 Million people.

Mitch “Thunder” Nelles on Episode 37 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast with Roy Kessel


  • 00:30 Background in the radio industry
  • 02:40 How he prepared himself for radio and go the opportunity
  • 12:00 Athletes working to make an impact
  • 13:00 Why more athletes need to collaborate with their team foundation
  • 19:00 Getting athletes to understand how to give back
  • 23:15 Drawbacks of athletes starting their own foundations
  • 27;45 Challenges he sees for athletes in philanthropy
  • 32:20 Issues impacting athlete’s ability to contribute
  • 36:30 Problems in NCAA sports
  • 41:00 Changes Mitch would make in the sports landscape

Make sure you take a chance to listen to the “ITS ALL THUNDER” podcast on the iHeart Radio Network.


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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