All Sports United announces the launch of the voting for it’s fourth annual “Humanitarian of the Year Award”. The “All Stars of Giving” voting campaign begins on Friday April 15th in cooperation with partner Givkwik. The campaign is presented by Getaway2Give (www.getaway2give.com), a company known for it’s unique fundraising ability using memorable vacation experiences to raise millions of $’s for hundreds of foundations including those of Larry Fitzgerald, Coach Bruce Arians, Matt Light, Von Miller, Andy Dalton, and Ben Roethlisberger.
Alan Pavlosky, Co-Founder of All Sports United stated “We want to thank Rob Vaka and Getaway2Give for their support of our program by becoming the presenting sponsor of this year’s campaign. G2G has always supported All Sports United and has now ramped up its support for this year’s campaign. Their support is crucial in making this campaign possible.”
Rob Vaka of G2G added that “Getaway2Give was founded with the mission to accomplish two things- raise money for causes that are doing great things and help bring people closer together in memorable vacation settings. In just 3 years we’ve generated more than $4 Million to help children with Diabetes, create after school programs for inner city kids, support women battling breast cancer, and bring balls and sports to those who need them among other great causes. All Stars of Giving is fully congruent with all we stand for – inspired and motivated people focused on doing well by doing good”.
“Getaway2Give congratulates each of this year’s nominee’s. To perform at a high level in your professional role or job is important. Each of this year’s nominee’s is a star on or in their field of play. To have the discipline and valor to stand up for a cause is more significant. Long after the lights dim on the stadium court the crowd will remember the impact each of these stars has made on humanity. As humans we’re really all in pursuit of happiness and meaning. Contribution, or giving back, is one of the few key ingredients to a life full of lasting happiness.”
Voting begins at 10AM Pacific time on April 15, 2016 at AllStarsOfGiving.com. Anyone can vote once per day. This year’s nominees includes star athletes and personalities from across all sports. They are:
Bill Belichick, New England Patriots
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers & NFL MVP
Cullen Jones, Olympic Swimming Gold Medalist
David Bruton Jr., Washington Redskins
Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins
Dont’a Hightower, New England Patriots
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants
Jake Diekman, Texas Rangers
Jamie Moyer, Retired MLB
Tony Stewart, NASCAR
Steven Payne, NHL retired
Tim Wakefield, Boston Red Sox retired
Steve Ludzic, NHL retired
Sam Acho, Chicago Bears
Martin Gramatica, NFL retired
Malcolm Jenkins, Philadelphia Eagles
Justin Tuck, Oakland Raiders retired
Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals
Jacob Tamee, Atlanta Falcons
Guy East, Cycling
Brandon Williams, Baltimore Ravens
Iman Shumpert, Cleveland Cavaliers
Titus O’Neil, WWE
Denard Span, San Francisco Giants
Chris Waddell, Paralympian
David Robertson, Chicago White Sox
Elena Delle Donne, Chicago Sky
Eric Larsen, Extreme Athlete
Jason Dufner, PGA Golfer
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
Matt Martin, New York Islanders
Meryl Davis & Charlie White, Ice Dancing
Michael Lahoud, New York Cosmos
Morgan Pressel, LPGA Golfer
Ryan Dalziel, Auto Racing
Monica Wright, Seattle Storm
Stephen Vogt, Oakland Athletics
Justin Wilson, Auto Raciing (Posthumous)
Jahri Evans, New Orleans Saints
Curtis Granderson, NY Mets
Nate Boyer, NFL Retired
Dhani Jones, NFL Retired
Carlos Martinez, St Louis Cardinals
Nancy Lieberman, NBA Coach/Olympian
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In an effort to bring together an even MORE diverse audience, All Sports United has created a series of VIP Receptions to be hosted nationally. Each will be held in a unique venue, and bring together the most influential individuals in each community. This VIP reception will be hosted by InterContinental Insurance Brokers, LLC.
The event will include appetizers, drinks and networking.
Funds raised at this event will benefit two non-profits, “All Sports United” and “Hill House Boston”.
For ticket info click on the link below:
If you are a VIP and wish to be invited, please email Alan.Pavlosky@allsportsunited.org
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For Immediate Release:
All Sports United Presents 3-Time Olympian Allison Baver with 2015 Humanitarian Of The Year Award
(Los Angeles, CA) – Numerous celebrities and athletes came together Thursday night in Los Angeles to celebrate the presentation of the 2015 All Sports United Humanitarian of the Year Award. The star studded red carpet celebration was held at a private residence in Bel Air attended by VIP invited guests.
The award selects the top humanitarian across all sports and was a culmination of several months of the “All Stars of Giving Campaign” which determined the top ten finalists for the Award. GivKwik.com (http://www.givkwik.com), a leader in cause marketing and employee engagement software, expertly curated the campaign. Social Media Support and analytics for the campaign were provided by Social Ambassador (http://www.thesocialambassador.com).
The ten finalists were determined by fan voting from a field of 43 candidates as follows:
Brett Favre, NFL Great
Allison Baver, Olympian
Travis Hamonic, NFL Star
Jeremy Affeldt, MLB
Steve Mesler, Olympian
Cassie Hawrysh, Olympian
Chad Greenwood, NFL Great
Davin Joseph, NFL Great
Pam Shriver, Tennis Great
Jen Welter, Football Personality
The award comes with a service grant with a value of up to $100,000 provide by a generous group of companies. The donors are:
Social Ambassador (http://thesocialambassador.com)
G2G Collection (http://g2gcollection.com)
Pro Player Insiders (http://www.proplayerinsiders.com)
Auction Cause (http://www.auctioncause.com)
Media Cause (http://www.mediacause.com)
Forever Young Foundation Non-Profit Institute
The Good Scout Group (http://www.goodscoutgroup.com)
About All Sports United
All Sports United is a non-profit corporation with core mission of educating and empowering professional athletes and sports industry professionals to engage in efficient philanthropic work. All Sports United also provides a platform for recognizing outstanding philanthropy work through its annual Humanitarian Award. Visit www.allsportsunited.org for more information.
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The All Stars of Giving public voting campaign has produced a great group of finalists for the 2015 All Sports United Humanitarian Award. The finalists are:
Each of these Champions deserve recognition for their outstanding contribution to the greater good. The winner will be announced at a ceremony on June 18th, 2015 in Los Angeles. All Sports United wishes to thank all of the great champions that were nominated. We also wish to thank our campaign partners GivKwik and Social Ambassador.
Please keep an eye on the campaign website for updated information about each finalist. Each of their causes are eligible to receive donations as well. Go to All Stars of Giving website for details.
In addition to the ceremony on June 18th, All Sports United and UCLA Anderson School of Business are producing a dynamic full day conference at UCLA called “Sports With A Purpose”. The event will be on June 17th at UCLA and will feature well known athletes and sports personalities as well as experts in philanthropy and technology. Conference details and list of speakers can be found at the registration link below:
We are proud to share two days of celebrating the best of sports making a difference.
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By Brent Lipschultz, CPA, JD, PFS and Evan Waxman, CPA, PFS
EisnerAmper recently helped sponsor the 2nd Annual Super Bowl Workshop, produced by All Sports United, in Scottsdale, Arizona. The concept of philanthropy and the world of sports is an important one and some of the key observations from the conference follow below.
Our program featured an outlook on the Arizona philanthropic community with representatives from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Fiesta Bowl, and Arizona Coyotes speaking about philanthropic activities for each organization. The key finding was that most of these organizations allowed or encouraged athletes to participate in the decision-making processes relevant to philanthropic giving. This was a logical step insofar as athletes have many different causes and organizations; the teams are wise to try to align themselves to promote the athletes’ involvement and consideration.
The program also featured a session on using technology for fundraising. An example is an application that can be used to support an athlete’s charitable support with giving driven by that player’s statistics. Another innovative application drives social media auctions; another technology is designed to improve reach and get athletes into the community so fans can be more in tune with athletes’ efforts at outreach.
Some additional observations of value to others considering athlete-based charitable giving programs:
- Recruiting board members is problematic. It is likely more productive when athletes approach foundations on their own accord and with their own pre-disposed levels of commitment.
- Micro fundraising is now common. Raffles and online auction initiatives are popular and lead to increased visibility with very small administrative costs.
- Communications such as news releases can be useful but not every athlete or donor wants to be included due to privacy concerns. Care is needed with all such communications programs. Social media is here to stay – become proficient. Video always attracts more attention.
- Listen to your audience. If your charity is not getting responses, look closely at your fundamentals, and pay attention to statistics. If your outbound emails are getting bounces, it is imperative to stop sending them, clean the lists or look elsewhere. If emails are not getting opened then look carefully at your topic lines and change or test new ones. Details matter.
- Commitment is key – stay the course. Accountability is important –is there someone in charge and are results measured? Priorities are important, as are motivations and setting goals.
- Start with desire but always listen to who you are serving. This can improve organization
- Look for ways to develop athlete mentorship. An example is a proposed Athlete Philanthropy Training Camp, where select civic-minded players act as group leaders in discussions on what philanthropy is, how to give back, how to make the best impact.
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Written by Peter Clarke from Pro Player Insiders
The Gaming to Give” charity fundraiser inaugural event will take place on Thursday, January 29th, at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Arizona. The event will take place from 3 pm to 7 pm local time and is the brainchild of All Sports United.
Alan Pavlosky and Scott Manthorne are the co-founders of All Sports United, a non-profit corporation that was started almost four years ago. “The goal is to create a community built for collaboration between athletes and sports industry professionals to emphasize best practices in philanthropy work”, said Pavlosky.
The idea of Gaming to Give came about after Alan and Scott were considering hosting an event during the Superbowl week, but they wanted the event to be unique. That is where Tiltify came in to the picture. Pavlosky explained, “Tiltify came to speak at one of our workshops and their platform has been well received by athletes, many of whom love video games. Tiltify specializes in video gaming for charity so we decided to partner with them to run the tournament at “Gaming to Give.” We knew this would be a really unique and fun event that people can enjoy and would allow us to raise some money for the charities competing.
Numerous celebrities will be playing the game “Super Smash Bros” on the Nintendo Wii, in a tournament style format to win money for the charity of their choice. Just some of the many celebrities confirmed to attend the event are: Former Green Bay Packers Running Back Ahman Green, recording artist Brian McKnight, Detroit Lions Safety James Ihedigbo, St Louis Rams Offensive Guard Davin Joseph, New York Giants Punter Steve Weatherford, and Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer Ed Moses.
Another one of the athletes due to compete at the the event is Arizona Cardinals Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, who is playing for his own charity, the ACES foundation, which stands for Accountability, Communication, Education, and Sports. Alexander said the goal of his foundation was, “Trying to instill those four principles into young people so they can be well rounded, educated, and in most cases a sport will allow them to go to college and have it paid for. I wouldn’t have been able to go to Cal Berkeley if it wasn’t for a scholarship.”
Alexander, who was looking for something to do during Superbowl week to bring awareness to his hometown and community in Arizona then continued to say, “I’m just equipping them and opening up some doors for them so they can be successful, to become a great member of the community. Whether it’s a garbage man, a manager at McDonald’s, a doctor, or lawyer, it’s just about having a strong family unit and giving back to their community, whether it’s time, money, whatever is needed so we can created a positive cycle and ultimately change the neighborhoods and cities that a lot of guys come from that do play in the NFL.”
Giving back is something that Alexander loves to do. “It’s become a part of who I am and part of my DNA. Growing up, I had so many people to help me achieve my dreams and aspirations. Now having that platform, it’s just great to be able to give back and serve others with the resources, the knowledge, that I’ve obtained over the years to help them out in anyway. To raise money for a charity is always fun and it gives me an excuse to play video games, can’t do that too much more with family”, said Alexander. Even though Alexander doesn’t play video games much anymore, he did have a message for his opponents, and it was short and sweet, “Beware”.
Tickets for the event can be found at the following link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/gaming-to-give-tickets-13995734619
For information on sponsorship opportunities you can email: Alyssa@endlesspossevents.com
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Don’t miss out on your chance to give back during Super Bowl and help these celebrities give back to the causes that they feel most passionate about!
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Yahoo Sports Radio and All Sports United Announce Media Partnership
— Partnership Kicks-Off with Inaugural Gaming to Give Athlete and Celebrity Charity Event —
Houston – December 11, 2014 – Yahoo Sports Radio and All Sports United, a platform for athletes, sports personalities, businesses and individuals to engage in philanthropic endeavors, announced today a media partnership to engage the sports fan community in this mission. Yahoo Sports Radio will be the title media partner in the organization’s effort to increase participation across the sports universe and to encourage fans to join their favorite athletes and celebrities in the charge. The partnership includes promotional support and listener engagement to raise funds during the inaugural Gaming to Give charity tournament, which kicks-off online during the first week of January and culminates with a star-studded event set to take place January 29th at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz., Thursday leading into the Super Bowl.
Craig Larson, Chief Operations Officer and Program Director of Yahoo Sports Radio, shared his excitement: “We are honored to be joining forces with All Sports United in support of their mission. Gaming to Give will be a fun-filled event, but more importantly, allow the sports and entertainment communities to come together to make an impact on the community and engage listeners in support of those important causes.”
All Sports United Co-Founder Alan Pavlosky echoes this sentiment: “All Sports United is thrilled to partner with Yahoo Sports Radio. Their track record of innovative delivery of thoughtful sports content speaks for itself. Gaming to Give is the first of many opportunities for All Sports United and Yahoo Sports Radio to help shine the light on athletes who are committed to making a difference.”
A co-production of All Sports United, Tiltify and Endless Possibilities Events, the fan-interactive Gaming to Give online video gaming tournament will feature celebrity participants competing with fans for video game supremacy while raising money for their charities of choice. The event will be streamed live via Twitch to an international gaming audience who will be encouraged to continue donating throughout the event.
Yahoo Sports Radio will bring participating athletes and celebrities to the airwaves to promote the events and their charities, in addition to acting as the platform for fans to connect with these participants. The sports network will also be live at the event, capturing insider interviews with attending athletes and celebrities, which include: Green Bay Packers Great Ahman Green, Singer Brian McKnight, New York Giants Punter Steve Weatherford, Olympic Gold Medalist Ed Moses, Detroit Lions Safety James Ihedigbo and many more.
For more information, please visit YahooSportsRadio.com. For affiliations, please contact Craig Larson at (713) 479-5373 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About All Sports United
All Sports United, the Community for Sports Philanthropy was co-founded by sports industry veterans Alan Pavlosky and Scott Manthorne. The organization focuses on educating professional athletes and the sports industry about best practices in philanthropy management through a series of workshops and webinars. They also build collaboration between athletes from all sports to help all of them commit to more and better charity work and to help each other succeed. All Sports United also recognizes outstanding philanthropy work through its annual Humanitarian Award. The 2014 Humanitarian Award winner was Matt Light (3-time SuperBowl Champion with the New England Patriots). For more information about All Sports United, visit their website at www.allsportsunited.org.
About Yahoo Sports Radio
Based in Houston, Yahoo Sports Radio reaches an estimated five million people each week on a network of more than 500 terrestrial stations, Sirius Satellite Radio, and mobile platforms. The 24-hour network features top sports personalities, including Steve Czaban, Travis Rodgers, Sean Salisbury, Geoff Ketchum, Dan Wetzel, Pat Forde, Leigh Steinberg and more. In partnership with Yahoo Sports, Gow Broadcasting, LLC distributes audio content under the Yahoo Sports Radio brand (www.yahoosportsradio.com) to radio stations nationwide, backed by a private investment group which includes Steve Webster, Co-Manager and Co-CEO of Avista Capital, Patrick Dugan, Vice President and General Counsel of Nortex Corporation and David Gow, Chairman and CEO of Gow Broadcasting, L.L.C.
All Sports United, the Community for Sports Philanthropy in partnership with Tiltify, the leader in online video game fundraising for charity will conduct a fan-interactive online video gaming tournament during December and January leading up to the final round. The final round of the tournament will take place January 29th which is the Thursday before SuperBowl at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale Arizona, the spring training home of the Diamondbacks and Rockies. The tournament will feature celebrity participants competing with fans for video game supremacy and to raise money for their philanthropic causes. The live event in Scottsdale will be produced by Endless Possibilities Events.
There is room for a few more celebrity participants and Sponsorship packages are available.
For sponsorship information, celebrity participants or more information contact All Sports United at email@example.com
“It might be the most unique fantasy football league in the U.S.” – Rob Vaka, G2G Collection
Tonight’s Packers-Seahawks game marks the true beginning of another NFL season, as two recent Super Bowl champions square off for an early lead in the standings. The game on the field is only half the story, however, as tonight also marks the official start to the 2014 fantasy football season.
While most of the roughly 30 million people participating in fantasy football leagues this year are competing for bragging rights, a distinctive group of 60 football players, business leaders and philanthropists will be competing for their favorite charities. With donation packages totaling over $10,000 at stake, there’s never been a better time to get ready for some football.
Behind this fun way to promote philanthropy is G2G Collection, an emerging social enterprise that has generated nearly $1.4 million for charities in the last 18 months. G2G Collection is the only luxury destination club to authentically operate for social good, and has attracted the likes of NFL stars Larry Fitzgerald and Roddy White to become members.
This year, each of G2G Collection’s five leagues will feature at least three NFL players, some current, some retired. Michael Floyd, Fitzgerald’s teammate and fellow receiving threat, will join White and a spread of current and former players including Malcolm Jenkins, Marcell Dareus, Takeo Spikes, Michael Floyd, Ronnie Brown, Sean Weatherspoon, and Matt Bosher, among others, to face off against fellow G2G Collective members and charity partners. Former New York Stock Exchange CEO Duncan Niederauer, and a host of other interesting and philanthropic celebs like ESPN’s Merril Hoge and Jay Harris, and country music star Amy Grant, are in on the good-willed fun as well.
Make no mistake, though: This is a competition, and athletes love to win.
“You’ll see a little smack talk on Twitter, and I’ve received some texts saying ‘hand over the trophy’ or ‘I think I’m going to win this,’” G2G Collection Co-Founder and Chief Giving Officer Rob Vaka said.
All in good fun and good cause. To learn more about G2G Collection and how you can travel the world while contributing to top charities, visit www.g2gcollection.com.
THE EXTRA POINT: Are you involved in a fantasy football league? It’s not too late to turn it into a charitable cause. Post the link to this article on your league message board and ask if each participant would be willing to contribute to your own charity pot, with this year’s league champion getting to choose which charity to donate it to come January.
– Special to All Sports United
Correspondent Anthony Baldini
G2G Collection’s Rob Vaka (center) with Gwen and Lee Jenkins during All Sports United’s 2014 Humanitarian Award Ceremony on June 23, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.
(June 22, 2014 – Source: David Banks/Getty Images North America)