Press Release: Angela LaChica to give Keynote at Sports Philanthropy WORLD, August 9, 2019

Angela LaChica, LaChica Sports, Players Coalition

July 31, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  Contact: Roy Kessel 312-498-4653


The Sports Philanthropy Network is excited to announce that Angela LaChica will give the keynote lunch presentation at the Sports Philanthropy World Congress in Chicago, Illinois on August 9, 2019.  Entitled “Connecting and Engaging with Professional Athletes: Spotlight on Social Justice,” LaChica’s presentation will highlight her work over the years with LaChica Sports & Entertainment Group, in addition to her current role with the Players Coalition and their fight for social justice.  LaChica will also draw on her extensive experience in sports marketing and media as well as her community efforts on behalf of many high-profile athletes including LeBron James.

The Sports Philanthropy World Congress was launched to bring together the best minds in sports philanthropy, allowing participants to share their knowledge, ideas, vision and passion.  Consisting of five high level panels, this one-day event will host discussions on the challenges faced by sports non-profits and will provide the resources and strategies to help them improve their impact in the community.

“We are so excited to have Angela presenting at the Sports Philanthropy World Congress,” said Roy Kessel, founder of the Sports Philanthropy Network.  “Angela has a strong record of providing high-level guidance and strategy to sports organizations as well as professional athletes. That experience gives her the ideal perspective to help our attendees and organizations understand how they can leverage relationships with professional athletes to make a greater impact in their communities. Her current roles with LaChica Sports and the Players Coalition are critical to an overall improvement in our society.  Having personally met with Anquan Boldin as well as with Malcolm Jenkins’ parents, I understand the passion for social justice which is embedded in the Players Coalition’s philosophy.  I commend their fight against injustice, and we support the work they are doing to overcome the challenges facing so many communities around the country.”

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be the keynote speaker for this incredibly impactful conference,” said LaChica.  “I have spent most of my career working with professional athletes and sports organizations and love both learning from others as well as sharing my experiences and best practices with an audience that will use the power of sports to create real change in their communities. I know that the Sports Philanthropy World Congress has a tremendous lineup of speakers and I am honored to share the stage with so many of these dedicated professionals.  Beyond my prior work with professional athletes, my current experience allows me to leverage the profile of our athletes to help fight for social justice and the reforms that are needed.”

“Angela’s energy and passion really impressed me from the first time that we spoke,” said Kessel.  “Having worked in the sports industry for over 20 years, I have seen the power that sports have to make a positive impact in the community. Sports philanthropy drives social change, impacts underserved communities, breaks down barriers and fights for social justice. We believe that by bringing together the leaders in the sports philanthropy industry, we will facilitate greater communication, collaboration and interaction among the leadership and staff of these amazing organizations.   There are so many outstanding organizations who are already doing terrific work.  We want to be able to connect them with the resources they need to grow and thrive.”

The Sports Philanthropy World Congress will consist of five panels and presentations on a variety of sports philanthropy topics including: fundraising, board development, donor engagement, strategy and vision, program creation, impact measurement.  The full agenda and list of speakers is provided below.

“We have had a fantastic response to this inaugural Sports Philanthropy World Congress,” said Roy Kessel, Founder of the Sports Philanthropy Network. “We have received inquiries from virtually every state in the United States as well as over 60 countries around the world. We know that having Angela’s energy and enthusiasm will ensure that the keynote presentation helps us grow this network of sports philanthropy organizations and leaders.”

For more information about the Sports Philanthropy World Congress, please contact Roy Kessel at 312-498-4653 or via email at or visit the website at:

About the Sports Philanthropy Network:    The Sports Philanthropy Network is a national organization focused on providing educational resources, tools and connections for sports related non-profit organizations.  Among these tools are a weekly Podcast, an event calendar highlighting upcoming sports philanthropy events and a blog that covers sports philanthropy topics.  The Sports Philanthropy Network can provide an array of other support services including board training, fundraising support and much more. For more information, visit:

About the Players Coalition:       Players Coalition is an independent 501(c)(3) (charity) and 501(c)(4) (advocacy) organization, working with professional athletes, coaches and owners across leagues to improve social justice and racial equality in our country. The work is focused on three key pillars: Police & Community Relations, Criminal Justice Reform and Education & Economic Advancement. Players Coalition is solution-oriented, and members invest significant time and resources to educate themselves on various issues impacting their communities to identify where their influence can have the greatest impact. In 2017, the Players Coalition was co-founded by NFL Pro-Bowl Safety and 2017 NFLPA Byron “Whizzer” White winner Malcolm Jenkins and retired wide receiver and NFL 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year winner Anquan Boldin. Players Coalition continues to grow in numbers of ambassadors with the collective goal of making an impact on federal, state and local levels through advocacy, engagement and providing resources. For more information follow @playerscoalition on Instagram and Facebook, @playercoalition on Twitter or visit their website at

About LaChica Sports:        LaChica Sports offers years of unique industry experience, corporate and media relationships, high level event management and high-profile athlete and talent management. LaChica garners invaluable relationships and creates limitless opportunities for both our clients and partners. LaChica ensures professionalism and first class execution. All staff adhere to a strict confidentiality agreement(s) protecting our client’s privacy, every step of the way. For more information about LaChica Sports, visit their website at:

About the Sports Philanthropy World Congress:          This full day event consists of panels covering important topics for the development of a sports non-profit.  Agenda for the day consists of the following panels. 

Full details can be found at:

Panel 1-Charting Your Course:  Setting Your Organization’s Agenda

Panel 2-Creating Better Programs

Panel 3-Measuring the Impact of Your Programs

Panel 4-Telling Your Story: How to Engage Your Donor Base

Panel 5-Fundraising: Events, Grants and Solicitations

Conclusion: Discussion and Questions

Reception and Networking

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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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