Roy D. Kessel


Roy Kessel is the founder of Sports Philanthropy Network. 

 He launched Sports Philanthropy Network to Educate, Spotlight and Connect sports-related nonprofits in order to build Stronger, Healther and More Inclusive Communities through sports.  
His vision is to create a supportive community for sports nonprofits, athletes foundations, teams, leagues, governing bodies, and other organizations using sports for social good, social justice and social change. 
Roy has worked in the sports business world and with entrepreneurs for over 25 years.  His diverse experience has given him the ability to address the needs of nonprofits, athletes and sports businesses in many aspects of their growth and development.  
Roy works with many non-profits organizations to guide them on capacity building, education, board training, event management, and fundraising efforts.
Roy speaks regularly on the topics of sports philanthropy, sports business, social justice and entrepreneurship.  Some of his recent appearances include: 



Roy graduated from the University of Wisconsin, with majors in finance and marketing. During college he was involved with many campus organizations and he participated in numerous intramural sports leagues (and even managed to win a couple).

Roy then continued his education at the Northwestern School of Law where he was a Note and Comment Editor for the Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business.

He worked in small law firms for his first seven years as an attorney before launching his own practice in 1997 so that he could focus on representing athletes and entrepreneurs. He was certified by the National Football League Players Association to represent NFL players in 2001.

He was Co-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Sports Law Committee for many years planning, coordinating and hosting numerous speakers and coordinating seminars on current sports law topics.

Roy was an adjunct professor in Northwestern University’s graduate Sports Management Program (MSA) in the School of Professional Studies.  During his tenure there, he served on the Admissions Committee and also as Program Director. He has been invited to speak at multiple law schools including Northwestern, Marquette and Florida Coastal School of Law and to numerous other colleges, universities and community organizations.

He continued with his own practice until 2011 when he launched Sports Brain, in order to address the concussion crisis and help educate the community, schools and leagues about the dangers of concussions. Sports Brain worked to implement concussion management programs for high schools and youth sports organizations and also implemented programs with several colleges.

Roy is also available to speak on a variety of issues including: sports philanthropy, sports business, sports law, Jewish sports, concussions, youth sports, entrepreneurship, leadership, social justice, prison reform and much more. Details are available on the Roy Kessel Speaker Page.


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