The NHL playoffs are in full swing with little talk of COVID. The NBA completed it regular season with little discussion of COVID other than those that broke the bubble. They show it can be done in a bubble environment.
On the flip side, MLB struggled and has cancelled many games, though clearly there was still a lot of competition.
What does this show us? With a lot of money, effort and control of the environment the virus can be managed to mitigate (though not eliminate) risks.
However, as we saw with the Big Ten and Pac 12, the long term concerns over health are real and parties can reach distinct conclusions as to how to balance all of the competing interests. We will all watch closely as the SEC, ACC and Big 12 attempt to compete. We know the NFL will make it work.
Unfortunately, the struggle facing most youth sports organizations and the programs run by community based sports nonprofits is the lack of financial resources, staffing and technology to deal with all of the new hurdles caused by this crisis.
Our goal is to work with those organizations to identify new streams of fundraising and the opportunities to pivot their programming and program delivery models. We welcome all of those in our network who have ideas and experience to support these efforts.
We continue to compile COVID resources and we will start releasing more specifics and details about the best practices for handling these issues.
In case you missed our Sports Philanthropy Town Hall on Racism, Tolerance and Reform on July 1st, you can now watch the videos! Please make sure to take our survey after you watch the videos!!
You can see the graphics for the panels and speakers who participated in our event.
REPORT ON STATEMENTS ABOUT RACISM
In addition to the Town Hall meeting, we also released our comprehensive report which compiles all of the statements teams, leagues and sports organizations made about their efforts to condemn racism and their actions to combat racism.
Our goal is to spotlight those commitments, as well as find a way to track how well these organizations were able to follow through on their promises. We hope all of you will support and encourage organizations in your community to live up to the commitments.
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Since many states are opening up operations, we adjusted our schedule going forward. We are happy that we were able to serve so many organizations during the initial stages of the COVID-19 crisis and we look forward to having you as part of our Network.
- Webinars every Wednesday at 11 am ET/10 CT/9 MT/8 PT
- COVID-19 Sports Resource Page
- Combat Racism Resource Page (Coming Soon)
- Sports Philanthropy Podcast will be released every Tuesday, and Thursday
Check out our resource page which has lessons, tips, ideas and links to organizations that are offering free resources and free consultations to help through this difficult time. We hope you take advantage of these resources!
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TOP STORIES FROM WEEK ENDING August 16, 2020
- August 15, 2020–Group Set Up By German Soccer Stars Donates $80,000 to Auschwitz Museum
- August 14, 2020–“I Won’t Be Able To Forgive Myself”: Youth Football Coaches, Leagues, Weigh Costs of Playing in Pandemic
- August 14, 2020–Travis Kelce’s First Purchase: A Building for Inner-City Teenagers to Study STEM
- August 13, 2020–Carmelo Anthony Call Push For Social Justice a “Lifelong Fight”
- August 13, 2020–New Orleans Saints Wideout, Austin Carr, Helps Supports Renovation Efforts for By The Hand (BTH)
- August 12, 2020–SPN PODCAST: S3:E8-Katina Shaw, Milwaukee Brewers
- August 12, 2020–Updates on Coronavirus Spread in California / Racial Equity Protests / COVID-19 Impact on Sports
- August 12, 2020–Single COVID-19 Case Prompts Two-Week Shutdown of Lexington Youth Baseball League
- August 11, 2020–Sports Shed Launches Teen Golf Program
- August 11, 2020–Say It Loud: The Story Behind the “Black Players for Change” Protest
- August 11, 2020–CoachesAre.org
- August 11, 2020–US Parks in Minority Neighborhoods Half the Size of Those in White Areas
- August 11, 2020–SPN PODCAST: S3:E7-Adam Norse, Downtown United
- August 10, 2020–Coach Painter Pledges Participation in McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative
- August 8, 2020–Play Informed: Sports and Recreation Through the Pandemic
- August 6, 2020–SPN PODCAST: S3:E6-Michael Schoor, Spirit League
- August 6, 2020–Warren Co. Judge Greenlights Contact Sports For Some Facilities In Ohio
- August 6, 2020–Decision On Fall Youth Sports In Pennsylvania Delayed By Two Weeks
- August 6, 2020–NBA Pledges $300M To Support Black Community
- August 6, 2020–MLS’s Black Players For Change Are Just Getting Started
- August 5, 2020–New California Youth Sports Rules: No Games Or Competition, But Limited Outdoor Training Allowed
- August 5, 2020–Nonprofit Partners With Fox Sports To Provide Sporting Equipment To Local Kids
- August 5, 2020–Project Play Summit
- August 5, 2020–Timeline: The WNBA Has Been On Forefront Of Racial Justice Movement For Years
- August 5, 2020–How National Service Could Help College Grads and Youth Sports
MOTIVATION FOR THE WEEK
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK
Make sure to email your events to Roy Kessel at email@example.com so we can include them in our Sports Philanthropy Event Calendar!
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Our expectation is that most events will be cancelled. We encourage you to check with the individual organizations to determine whether events will proceed as scheduled.
Once we receive information about new dates, we will update them in our event calendar.
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!
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