George Washington University has a terrific certificate program for Sports Philanthropy. Housed within the School of Business, the Sports Philanthropy program is a remote learning opportunity, though some students choose to participate in a low residency model. The program starts in a cohorts model where the waves of students collaborate together and network together as they go through. This allows each student to interact and work together with fellow students from around the country and even around the world.
Program Director Lisa Neirotti hosted a great gathering during Super Bowl week and attracted over 40 individuals who were either alums of the program or working in the sports philanthropy space.
Sports Philanthropy Network founder Roy Kessel was very impressed with the quality of the attendees and spent considerable time talking with many of them to understand their roles and to learn about the projects that they are working on.
There were also many organizations in attendance that had hosted events earlier in the week and it was exciting to hear about the plans many had for the rest of the Super Bowl weekend.
Among those in attendance were:
- Alycia Powell, Champions for Philanthropy
- Michelle Mays, Champions for Philanthropy
- Theresa Tronolone, Bee Eventive
- Philip Leopold, Sports Works Atlanta
- William Williams, Kyng’s Boxing
- Christina Mickens, CNM Cupcakery & Dessert Bar
- Roy Kessel, Sports Philanthropy Network
- And many, many other
We believe that the Sports Philanthropy Executive Certificate program is a terrific opportunity for someone who is trying to break into this field. The certificate will definitely distinguish the recipient from other applicants and it will help them learn how to increase the power of sports for social good. Held as 12 online courses over a 6 month period, the certificate helps the students understand how to identify and secure partners for effective collaboration. By participating in the two-day sports philanthropy workshop, the certificate helps enhance skills for designing, funding, implementing and measuring sustainable programs that meet the goals of each organization.
If you have the opportunity, check out the GW program at go.gwu.edu/sportsphilanthropy or on Twitter @GWSportsPhil.
Thanks to Lisa for arranging the event and generously hosting us and giving all of us the opportunity meet each other in such a collaborative environment and for the nice giveaways.