Press Release: Sports Philanthropy World Congress

April 8, 2019

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


The Sports Philanthropy Network has announced the Inaugurual Sports Philanthropy World Congress Conference to be held in Chicago, Illinois on August 9, 2019.  The Sports Philanthropy World Congress is designed to bring together the best minds in sports philanthropy, allowing participants to share their knowledge, ideas, vision and passion.

“We are very excited to launch the Sports Philanthropy World Congress,” said Roy Kessel, founder of the Sports Philanthropy Network.  “We believe that there is an enormous need and desire for greater collaboration in the sports philanthropy industry. We are proud to take the lead role in launching this ambitious event.”

“Having worked in the sports industry for over 20 years, I have seen the power sports have to make a positive impact in the community,” said Kessel.  “Sports can drive social change, impact underserved communities, breakdown barriers and fight for social justice. We believe that by bringing together the leaders in the sports philanthropy industry, we will facilitate greater communication and interaction among the leadership and staff of these amazing organizations.   There are so many outstanding organizations who are already doing terrific work, and we want to be able to connect them with the resources that they need to grow and thrive.  Younger organizations need a different set of resources and tools and by participating in the World Congress we can help them harness the relationships they need to fuel their growth.”

“The Sports Philanthropy World Congress will consist of panels and presentations on a variety of sports philanthropy topics including: fundraising, board development, donor engagement, strategy and vision, program creation, impact measurement and much more.”

“We look forward to hosting this event,” said Roy Kessel, Founder of the Sports Philanthropy Network. “Based on the early demand we have for our speaking slots, we know there is a lot of appetite for this type of event and we are excited to create a model that will grow over the next decade.  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 resources, tools and connections for sports related non-profits organizations.  Among these tools are a weekly Podcast, an event calendar highlighting upcoming events and a blog that covers sports philanthropy events.  For more information, visit

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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