PODCAST: S4:EP7–Peter Piscitello, Play Like A Champion Today

Join us for S4:EP7 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast as Peter Piscitello, Manager of Outreach and Operations Support for Play Like a Champion Today, sits down with our host, Roy Kessel, to discuss how their program teaches leadership on and off the field.

Peter joined Play Like a Champion in 2017 after having spent more than a decade in youth and college sports administration. A graduate of Benedictine College, he studied business and theology before earning a Master’s in Education from the University of Washington, with an emphasis in intercollegiate athletic leadership. After working in development and business operations in college athletics, Peter spent several years as the Executive Director for the CYO in Kansas City (KS). 

Play Like a Champion Today is an independent 501(c)(3) dedicated to providing leadership in a worldwide effort to change the culture of youth sports through education and consultancy. Since 2006, Play Like a Champion has served over 130,000 coaches and parents through a network of 230+ partners across the United States and Canada. Play Like a Champion moves beyond the X’s and O’s of coaching to address the core elements of effective coaching: 1) motivation, 2) team-building, 3) leadership. Scientifically-based and ethically-directed, Play Like a Champion designs its educational programs to promote children’s physical, social, emotional, and moral development to last a lifetime.

Peter Piscitello joins our host Roy Kessel on S4:EP7 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast


  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 00:53 Peter’s Background
  • 02:30 Working Remote
  • 04:15 Start of Play Like A Champion
  • 05:25 Evolution of Play Like A Champion
  • 08:00 Implementing Programs
  • 11:30 How to Get Involved
  • 13:25 What is the Cost?
  • 15:40 Fundraising
  • 18:20 How Many Coaches Are Trained a Year
  • 21:35 Challenges in Expanding Services
  • 29:30 Communication & Creativity
  • 31:20 Upcoming Initiatives
  • 35:20 How to Support & Contact
  • 36:20 Peter as Commissioner of MLS


Kelsey Donnolo

Kelsey Donnolo

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