PODCAST: S4:EP5–Ian Leslie, BamFam Foundation

Join us for S4:EP5 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast as Ian Leslie, Director of Community Development at the BamFam Foundation, sits down with our host, Roy Kessel, to discuss how his diverse background and career in sports led him to where he is today; supporting and serving the youth.

Ian Leslie is the executive director of the BamFam Foundation doing great work in the community through the organization. He grew up as a military kid, lived in many states and countries, and played a variety of sports in different communities. He was a basketball player growing up, but picked up football and played at Texas Lutheran University for a while. This journey is what prompted him to give back to the community through sports and what lead him to his current role as an executive director. He has a degree in Business Marketing and Management from the Texas Lutheran University and is now getting his MBA in Sports Entertainment Management from the University of North Texas (UNT). 

The BamFam Foundation is a US 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that celebrates, supports, and raises awareness and funding for at-risk youth through the use of team sports. BamFam Foundation promotes education, health, and community service to at-risk youths and their families through sports-related events and activities. 

BamFam Foundation’s mission aims at fostering positive relationships and experiences and productive citizens by engaging youth in dynamic sport-related community programs and events by working in partnership with counselors, teachers, law enforcement, military, first responders, and other community-based organizations.

Ian Leslie joins our host Roy Kessel on S4:EP5 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast


  • 00:58 Ian’s Background
  • 02:55 Texas Lutheran University & Current Studies at UNT
  • 05:25 Where Did BamFam Foundation Come From?
  • 08:10 Vision
  • 09:35 Early Days of BamFam Foundation
  • 11:40 Athletes Back to Community
  • 13:05 # of Kids Served
  • 13:55 Locating Camps & Cities
  • 15:30 How is BamFam Foundation Funded?
  • 17:30 Budgeting & Planning
  • 21:15 Format of Camps & Programs
  • 22:55 Impact & Experience
  • 22:45 How to Support BamFam Foundation
  • 27:50 Ride Along Program
  • 33:00 Congratulatory Wishes
  • 33:55 Ian as Commissioner of the NFL
  • 39:20 Contact BamFam Foundation


Kelsey Donnolo

Kelsey Donnolo

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