Join us on Radio Row as Sports Philanthropy Network President Roy Kessel and Vice President Kayla Bradham sit down with Mike Dempsey, a former NFL player.
Mike Dempsey was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York attending Midwood High School and graduating from the State University of New York at Albany where he played both football and baseball. An Arena Football League opportunity ended prematurely for Mike with the first of two ACL reconstructive surgeries and he later was forced to abandon his professional football hopes and dreams after a failed rehabilitation and comeback with Tampa Bay in the summer of 1995. After an aborted attempt with World Championship Wrestling’s Power Plant training facility ended prematurely later that year, Mike then embarked on a brand new career direction in banking and risk management with investment banking firm Salomon Brothers in Tampa the following year while completing an executive MBA in finance at Nova Southeastern University. Salomon Smith Barney relocated Mike and his wife Amy back to New York a few years later.
It takes a lot to dive into fatherhood. As someone who is great in the business and philanthropic worlds, he also balances the fatherhood world with ease and greatness. He gives his two daughters, 18 and 21, every chance to avoid being a victim, but to be a victor. They have both learned from Dempsey; they give back to their communities by helping and volunteering.