PODCAST: S5:EP9–David Flynn, The Center For Healing and Justice Through Sport

Join us for S5:EP9 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast as David Flynn, Executive Director of The Center For Healing and Justice Through Sport sits down with our host Roy Kessel to share how sport can be used as a vehicle to provide creative and accessible solutions to some of society’s biggest issues!

David serves as the Executive Director of The Center for Healing and Justice through Sport. Throughout his career, he has worked as a coach, program director, grantmaker, entrepreneur, executive, and field-builder within the sport for good movement. Over the past decade, his work has focused on building national and regional sports-based youth development networks and coalitions as a strategy to make youth sports more equitable and impactful. David lives in Chicago with his family; he loves relaxing mornings with coffee, hanging out with friends, and playing basketball. 

The Center for Healing and Justice through Sport (CHJS) is a national nonprofit organization working to ensure that more young people have access to sports experiences that are youth-centered, healing-centered, inclusive, and work to address issues of systemic injustice. Their mission is to make sport healing for all youth, everywhere, through training, consulting, and movement building. CHJS believes that healing is a right for all. And through the wide appeal and accessibility of sport, they have found it is the ideal environment for healing-centered and justice-oriented philosophies. This work changes the lives of not only participating athletes, but their families, their communities, and the world at large.

David Flynn joins our host Roy Kessel on S5:EP9 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast


  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 00:30 David’s Interest In Sports
  • 01:55 Favorite Sport v. Which Sport David Was Best At
  • 04:05 Going to Michigan State
  • 06:35 Post-College Journey
  • 07:40 What Drew David to South Africa?
  • 09:25 The Pull to Go Back to South Africa
  • 11:05 Working in Durban
  • 13:35 Steps After Leaving South Africa
  • 16:45 Concept of WeCoach
  • 21:05 Coming Up With The Name
  • 22:25 Rebranding
  • 28:55 Power in Sport
  • 31:35 Connect & Support David
  • 34:10 SPN Bonus Question
  • 37:20 Parting Words


Kelsey Donnolo

Kelsey Donnolo

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