Sports Philanthropy World Announces Virtual Dates for 2020

September 1, 2020

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The Sports Philanthropy Network has announced the dates for its Second Annual Sports Philanthropy World Conference which will be held virtually on October 26 and 27, 2020. 

“Sports Philanthropy World will be an immersive and interactive virtual event that will bring together the best minds in sports philanthropy,” said Roy Kessel, founder of Sports Philanthropy Network.  “This format will allow all participants to share their knowledge, ideas, vision, and passion.  We know there is an enormous need and desire for collaboration in the sports philanthropy sector. As we strive to build stronger, healthier, and more inclusive communities, we recognize the importance of having voices from across the sports philanthropy world.”

Sports Philanthropy World 2020 will bring together sports philanthropy leaders from around the globe for two full days of keynote speakers, panels, workshops, networking, and community building.  In its inaugural year, Sports Philanthropy World featured 30 speakers, attracted 120 organizations, and drew interest from organizations in 87 countries around the world.

“Having worked in the sports industry for over twenty years, I have seen the power sports has to make a positive impact in the community,” said Kessel. “Sports can drive social change, impact underserved communities, break down barriers, and fight for social justice. The Sports Philanthropy Network believes that by bringing together leaders in sports philanthropy, we will facilitate greater communication and interaction among the leadership and staff of these amazing organizations.”

Spread across two days, Sports Philanthropy World 2020 is scheduled to host five keynote presentations, seven main stage panels, seven tracks of programming and a variety of workshops.  The programming tracks include: Healthy and Safety; Sports Access; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Fundraising; Skill Development; International Track and a General Wildcard Track.

“I am excited to lead the organization into the second year of Sports Philanthropy World,” said Kayla Bradham, Sports Philanthropy Network’s Vice President of Community Development. “Seeing the high level of engagement at our inaugural Sports Philanthropy World Conference, and hearing so many powerful stories on my “Legacy After the Locker Room” podcast, we are focused on creating “Hope and Possibility” for these impressive athletes, their foundations and all of the constituents they serve.”

“We are proud of the many organizations who are doing outstanding work in their communities,” said Kessel.  “Our goal is to connect them with the resources they need to grow and thrive. Younger organizations need a different set of resources and tools. By participating in Sports Philanthropy World, we can help these organizations harness the relationships they need to fuel their growth.”

“We are especially excited to see the growth that we have experienced since our first event last year.  Despite the current COVID crisis, we made a decision to continue our conference this year to provide support for our constituent organizations.”

“One strategy of which we are particular proud, is our multi-benefit sponsorship strategy,” said Kessel. “For 2020, we are converting all sponsorship dollars into scholarships for community-based organizations and students.  Our goal is to bring as many people as possible into our community so that we can all learn and grow together.  We are asking all professional sports franchises, colleges, universities, college conferences, national associations, and governing bodies to sponsor Sports Philanthropy World by sending organizations to this special conference. These organizations already have established relationships with nonprofits in their communities and recognize that these nonprofits would benefit from the professional development programming at Sports Philanthropy World.”

For more information about Sports Philanthropy World, please contact Roy Kessel at 312-498-4653 or via email at or visit the website at

About the Sports Philanthropy Network:  The Sports Philanthropy Network is a national nonprofit organization which operates through a fiscal sponsorship with Players Philanthropy Fund (Federal Tax ID: 27-6601178), a Maryland charitable trust with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The mission of the Sports Philanthropy Network is to build Stronger, Healthier and More Inclusive Communities Through Sports. The Sports Philanthropy Network provides resources, tools and connections for sports related non-profits organizations including trainings, workshops, webinars, seminars conferences, multiple podcasts, an event calendar highlighting upcoming events and original content covering sports philanthropy events.  For more information, visit

About Sports Philanthropy World:                Sports Philanthropy World is the premier sports philanthropy conference and will be held virtually on October 26-27, 2020. Sports Philanthropy World is designed as an interactive and immersive experience which will allow attendees to engage and interact with participants from across the globe. For 2020, Sports Philanthropy World will consist of seven tracks of programming and will feature five keynote presentations, seven main stage panels and an extensive array of workshops. The programming tracks include: Healthy and Safety; Sports Access; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Fundraising; Skill Development; International Track and a General Wildcard Track. For more details, please visit:

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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