Sports Philanthropy Newsstand 3-16-20

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


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 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!!





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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