All we can say after this past week is WOW.
Had we told you last week that the NCAA Tournament, the NHL, NBA, MLB, MLS and almost all other sports would be cancelled or postponed, nobody would have believed us. If you had said that all restaurants, bars, health clubs and many other businesses would be shut-down, nobody would have believed us.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to wreak havoc on the the entire world. Almost every organization we have spoken to has cancelled events through May and many are already in the process of cancelling June events.
When we hosted our Sports Philanthropy Happy Hour last Wednesday, I am not sure anyone believed that would be the last in-person gathering for many of us before this shutdown.
A lot is unknown. We understand how to protect ourselves and our communities, but I do not think anyone yet knows how long these restrictions will last.
People have asked us whether we are planning to cancel Sports Philanthropy World. The answer is: We have not decided yet. While I know everyone would like it to continue, we have an obligation to be responsible and protect everyone involved as well as our respective communities. Ultimately, I think the decision will be made for us. By the end of April, it will be abundantly clear whether or not we can proceed.
We will keep everyone updated and we are in the process of evaluating the options with our planning committee as to whether we are better with a virtual event, a date late in 2020, or a complete postponement until 2021.
One thing that has made us proud is to watch how many individuals, athletes, sports teams, sports organizations and others have been leaders in fighting this battle. Sports organizations were among the first to cancel and prevent even wider-spread distribution of the virus. Athletes and organizations have been among the leaders of
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Registration is open for Sports Philanthropy WORLD 2020! Don’t miss this great opportunity
(ANY REGISTRATIONS WILL BE FULLY REFUNDABLE)
As a result of COVID-19, we have extended our special EARLY BIRD rate valid through May 31, 2020 so you can make an informed decision regarding your attendance.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Our expectation is that many or most of these events will be cancelled. We encourage you to check with the individual organizations to determine whether these events will proceed as scheduled. Once we receive information about new dates, we will update them in our event calendar.
- March 19, 2020–NFLPA Chicago Chapter Meeting
- March 21, 2020–Special Olympics Chicago Pilot Class
- March 21, 2020–Play for a Purpose (Charity Hockey Event for Players against Hate), Springfield, VA
- March 23-24, 2020 Sharper Executive Training Seminar
- March 26, 2020–Jaws Youth Playbook’s Read Across America Book Drive, Philadelphia, PA
- March 27, 2020–Future of Sports…if Designed by Women, Aspen Institute, Washington DC
- March 28, 2020–Special Olympics Community Event–Chicago
- March 31, 2020–Networking for a Cause with Desmond Clark at Roof, Chicago, IL
Make sure to email your events to Roy Kessel at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can make sure that they are included!
For more details, please visit our Event Calendar
Join our host Roy Kessel each week for the Sports Philanthropy Podcast
Due to the coronavirus, we are planning to ramp our production and distribution schedule so that we can bring you more content, more quickly!
See our full list of Podcasts here!!
TOP STORIES FROM WEEK ENDING MARCH 16, 2020
- March 16, 2020—SPORTS PHILANTHROPY PODCAST: Ceil Folz, CFC Collective
- March 16, 2020—Tears and Disbelief as Coronavirus Cancels Youth Sports
- March 16, 2020—Without Live Events, Social Media Takes Center Stage for College Athletes
- March 16, 2020—Steph and Ayesha CUrry providing 1 million meals to Oakland students who can’t attend school during coronavirus closures
- March 16, 2020—Canucks Sports and Entertainment donates 2000 pounds of food to Salvation Army and Food Bank
- March 16, 2020—Players and Teams Pledge to Helps Thousands of Part-Time Arena Employees
- March 16, 2020—CBS Sports, Turner Sports will pay all March Madness Techs and utilities, including freelancers
- March 15, 2020—Aspen Institute–Coronavirus and Youth Sports
- March 15, 2020—Blackhawks, Bulls owners paying United Center staff for missed games
- March 15, 2020—PledgeIt launches Athletes for Relief platform
- March 15, 2020—Shaun White donating to Athletes for Relief
- March 14, 2020—Octagon Athletes providing COVID-19 Relief
- March 14, 2020—Cincinnati Reds launch campaign for game day staff
- March 14, 2020—Rudy Gobert makes $500k donation to COVID-19 relief
- March 13, 2020—Dealing with Disappointment During Coronavirus Cancellations, Postponements
- March 13, 2020—What parents can do to face coronavirus anxiety
- March 13, 2020—Giannis donates $100,000 to Fiserv Forum
- March 13, 2020—Merging Players and Vets Launches NYC Chapter
- March 12, 2020—Mark Cuban will financially support arena workers during NBA season suspension
- March 12, 2020—Kevin Love donates $100k to arena workers and staff impacted by suspended NBA season
- March 11, 2020—SPORTS PHILANTHROPY PODCAST: Keenan Harrell, Baltimore Ravens
- March 11, 2020—Your Kids’ Coach is Probably Doing It Wrong
- March 11, 2020—Vans releases new Autism Awareness Collection deisgned with sensory-inclusive elements
- March 10, 2020—Teen’s braille promposal for girlfriend who is blind
- March 10, 2020—Seattle Disability Inclusion & Equity Breakfast
- March 10, 2020-–The Black Summer Olympics
- March 10, 2020—Chris Chelios return to the ice for Charity
- March 10, 2020–Importance of Learning To Advocate For Yourself
- March 9, 2020—This Is What Pro Sports, Youth Sports and E-sports Need to Do To Manage Coronavirus
- March 9, 2020—Three Ways to Make Your Gym more Accessible for Adaptive Athletes
MOTIVATION FOR THE WEEK
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!! BE KIND!! GIVE BACK TO THE WORLD!!