PODCAST: S2:EP32–Bobby Wise, Merging Vets and Players

Join us for S2:EP32 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast as Bobby Wise of Merging Vets and Players (MVP) sits down with our host, Roy Kessel, to discuss how MVP provides support and resources for vets who often feel they are completely on their own.

The program starts with a 30-minute workout with a warrior to their left and right to get that familiar “burn” going again in them. 

The magic of the MVP begins right after with The Huddle, an hour and fifteen minutes of peer-on-peer support, a group of badasses building up fellow badasses. It reminds us of our strength, even when it doesn’t seem clear. 

The Huddle is where they share their challenges in transition and offer each other support and resources. MVP coaches our vets and athletes to be PROUD OF THEIR SCARS, and to use what they experienced on the battlefield or football field to EMPOWER them through the transition. We don’t run from mental health challenges, we tackle it as a team. 

Too many combat vets and former professional athletes think they are alone, MVP is here to show you’re not alone. Whether it’s combat camouflage or a sports jersey, our MVP members help each other find a new identity, — find greatness again — after the uniform comes off. 

Bobby Wise joins our host Roy Kessel on S2:EP32 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast


  • 00:30 Background and education
  • 04:30 Importance of being part of a team
  • 07:00 Jay Glazer and connection to 9/11
  • 08:30 Co-founders Nate Boyer and Jay Glazer
  • 15:00 Be proud of the weird
  • 22:30 How the training sessions work
  • 26:00 Easiest way for vets to get involved
  • 31:00 Locations of chapters and expansion plans
  • 36:00 Best ways to help MVP’s mission
  • 41:30 Bobby as Commissioner
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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