SPWC Panelist: Pharlone Toussaint, Laureus

Pharlone Toussaint, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation

Pharlone will serve on Panel 3-Measuring the Impact of Your Programs

Pharlone Charity Toussaint (Far-Loan Charity Too-S–Aunt) has dedicated over half of her life to being an advocate for using sports as a catalyst for social change. Her passion for sports activism with a focus on social justice and philanthropy blossomed in 2007 after speaking alongside the Honorable Archbishop Desmond Tutu during a youth symposium at the ripe age of 15!

Her experience working in both the Division One College athletics and professional sports with some of the most talented leaders in the industry has allowed her to develop a super power in connecting athletes and teams from the Los Angeles Kings to the Boston Celtics and everything in between to the Sport for Good Movement.

As the Program Officer of Laureus USA: Sport for Good Atlanta, a long-term, collaborative approach to strengthening Westside communities through the power of sport, she has used her influence to meet the needs of an extremely neglected part of the city. Powered by Laureus USA’s national partner Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) and the National Recreation Foundation (NRF), she has propelled the initial investment of $1 million to fund grants and wrap-around services to youth-serving organizations in English Avenue, Vine City and Washington Park.

Since its launch in 2017, Sport for Good Atlanta has formed a community-wide coalition of local stakeholders from non-profit organizations, government, businesses, and educational agencies that work together to harness their platform to address challenges that Westside youth and these communities face, while also providing professional development and capacity building opportunities for nonprofit leaders and their staff. She hopes to continue to inspire others to join her on this journey to improve the lives of youth and unite communities across the globe through the power of sport. Pharlone is an Atlanta native where she is also a consultant in the creative-cause marketing arena and holds a BS in management with a concentration in marketing from Boston College Carroll School of Management.

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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