PODCAST: S2:EP35–David Cohn–First Tee, Southeast Wisconsin


Join us for S2:EP35 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast as David Cohn sits down with our host, Roy Kessel, to discuss how the First Tee of Southeast Wisconsin impacts many young lives.

David joined The First Tee of Southeast Wisconsin as executive director in 2017. In that role, he is responsible for strategic planning, financial development, program growth and more. Prior to The First Tee of Southeast Wisconsin, he worked for the Wisconsin State Golf Association as director of member services and communications.

He currently serves on two local nonprofit boards and is an active community volunteer.

David is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and holds a master of sports administration degree from Ohio University.

David Cohn joins our host Roy Kessel on S2:EP35 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast


  • 00:30 Background and desire to work in sports
  • 03:20 Ticket selling for the Milwaukee Bucks
  • 06:00 U. of Wisconsin sales and marketing experience
  • 10:00 Wisconsin PGA Jr. Tour
  • 15:00 Wisconsin State Golf Association Tournament Director
  • 18:00 Transition and attraction to First Tee
  • 20:00 Ideal partnerships
  • 26:00 Golf during COVID-19
  • 30:30 Building values and core habits
  • 38:00 Growing number of kids served
  • 43:00 David as commissioner of golf
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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