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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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 email@example.com.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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“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.
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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.
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Sam Williams, Michelle Knox and Devard Darling
STANFORD, Calif. – Good things happen when people passionate about helping others come together. That philosophy went into action on Monday, when All Sports United held its Silicon Valley Sports Philanthropy Workshop at beautiful Stanford University.
The workshop, which was hosted by Stanford Graduate School of Business brought together athletes, sports industry insiders and Silicon Valley business leaders to discuss timely issues in sports philanthropy. Participants at the invite-only event were able to soak in strategic advice and stories of inspiration from three panel groups, as well as network with potential partners.
All Sports United promotes the philosophy of sharing resources, which is why we’ve highlighted lessons from the workshop which you might find helpful in fulfilling your philanthropic mission.
From “Using Social Platforms for Good”
- When deciding what to share on social media, put your community’s goals ahead of your own.
- Make sure your platform’s audience aligns with the campaign you’re running. Facebook represents the world demographics, while other platforms, such as gaming-focused, may house a more defined demographic.
- Physical events, like golf tournaments, have relatively limited ROI. Using crowdfunding, an online event’s ROI can be in the tens of thousands.
- Ginx. The social media tool gives people the ability to view and vote on the most pertinent visual images around an event in real time.
- Google Ad Grants. Nonprofits can receive $10,000 a month and free ads on Google.
- Tiltify. Combining crowdfunding and gaming, Tiltify allows foundations to stream game-a-thons to raise money for their causes.
From “How Athletes Can Collaborate with Their Colleges and Teams”
- For younger generations, philanthropy needs to be a two-way street. To capture the youth demographic, look for ways to let them benefit from their participation.
- It’s in a team’s best interest to support players’ philanthropic efforts.
- Encourage a senior player to bring a junior player along to a charity event to expose the athlete to a broader set of issues.
- It is important for teams to be thorough in picking the right player to support particular causes. Athletes will have more impact when they understand why they were chosen. After the event, show the athlete the results of the appearance to help them further understand the reasoning.
- Even when colleges can’t raise money for their former student-athletes’ causes, they can still put the athletes in a position to push their initiatives. Colleges can derive long-term benefits for their philanthropic initiatives by engaging former students that are now professional athletes.
From “Inspirational Sports Philanthropy, Examples of Great Work”
- “Your foundation has to be heart-felt and inspire you. When you have a foundation and throw money behind it just to have one, it shows. People won’t support it. It must truly mean something to you, so even when you’re done playing it’s going to carry over. I feel like this what I’m placed on Earth to do, to inspire others.” – Devard Darling, As One Foundation
- “To give to a child and watch them grow, you maximize your dollars.” – Michelle Knox, Forever Young Foundation
- “I will always remember when Ronnie Lott and other players visited my school in the fifth grade, before I even played football. Just by going and talking to kids you can have a lasting effect on them.” – Sam Williams, Tackling the Odds
All Sports United will continue to conduct private sports philanthropy workshops around the country in the future. If you are a team, university or foundation interested in hosting a workshop, please email email@example.com.
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Athletes running nonprofit foundations now have access to a new way to generate income: Micro-donations. The online strategy, inspired by the recent surge in popularity in crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, allows athletes to offer exciting incentives to fans from every income level.
Image via celebritycharitablenetwork.com
One service emerging as a leader in micro-donation campaigns is Dolemanity. Created by NFL Hall of Famer Chris Doleman, Dolemanity lets fans enter to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences for as little as $10. Built-in social tools then allow entrants to share their activity with family and friends, creating a buzz around an athlete’s online giving campaign.
Todd Armstrong, a campaign strategist and manager at Dolemanity’s parent organization, Celebrity Charitable Network, works with athletes to create deep fan engagement and significant fundraising through Dolemanity campaigns. Like Doleman, his passion is helping others, and that starts with helping athletes and celebrities be as knowledgeable and efficient at fundraising as possible.
“Most athletes with nonprofits know they need to be in the online giving space and they know there is a lot of engagement going on, but because of their workload they don’t have the time to learn and understand it,” Armstrong said. “With Celebrity Charity Network and Dolemanity, you don’t have to figure it out, because we’ll do that for you.”
Capitalizing on the majority of an athlete’s fan base is the focal point of Dolemanity, which is why it’s so effective for charity fundraising.
“About 95% of an athlete’s fan base can’t participate in a foundation’s annual golf tournament because they either can’t afford it or they’re geographically unable to,” Armstrong said. “So there’s these big legions of fans going ‘I love watching these players, I wear their jerseys, but I can’t go to their foundation events.’ With Dolemanity, this willing, excited group of fans now has the means to support an athlete’s cause.”
For athletes, this means being able to market their foundations to all of their fans, no matter where they live, and the opportunity to make an even greater difference with their foundation than previously imaginable. As an extra incentive for athletes to try Dolemanity, there is zero up-front money required to start a campaign. All fees are performance-based, which gives foundations at every level the means to further their causes through unique online campaigns.
The only requirement to get started, according to Armstrong, is that an athlete is “passionate about their nonprofit.”
Look for All Sports United and Dolemanity to team up in the future to offer fans incredible experiences with their favorite philanthropic-minded athletes.
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THE BILL BELICHICK FOUNDATION HALL OF FAME HUDDLE
A Panel Discussion led by Coach Belichick & Special Guests
Walpole, MA – New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick will host the inaugural Bill Belichick Foundation Hall of Fame Huddle on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at the Boston Harbor Hotel from 5:30p.m. – 8:00p.m. The exclusive panel discussion featuring Coach Belichick, Tedy Bruschi and Troy Brown will support the newly-established foundation in its mission to provide coaching, mentorship, and financial support to individuals, athletic communities, and organizations.
Belichick, who is entering his 40th season as an NFL coach, will welcome nearly 300 guests to a panel discussion on coaching and leadership. The program will be emceed by former Patriot Scott Zolak with special guests including Patriots Hall of Famers Tedy Bruschi and Troy Brown. Coach Belichick, the only head coach in NFL history to win three Super Bowl championships in a four-year span, will moderate the discussion. Panelists will share stories from their work together on the gridiron and share video clips from some of their most memorable moments.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Bill Belichick Foundation, formally established last December in memory of the late Steve Belichick. The nonprofit will provide coaching, mentorship, and financial support to individuals, communities, and organizations. Focusing on the sports of football and lacrosse, its mission is to bring the values of the Belichick family – a love of sports, coaching and team building – to the athletic leaders of tomorrow.
Most recently, the Foundation launched a scholarship program granting five athletic organization scholarships and 10 individual scholarships to young athletes across the country.
“Mentoring, coaching and teamwork have been part of my family’s DNA for as long as I can remember,” Belichick said. “What my father began now lives through me, my sons and daughter and we are working together to provide opportunities for young athletes and local organizations who need resources to continue developing leadership skills both on the field and in daily life.”
Tickets to the Bill Belichick Foundation Hall of Fame Huddle can be purchased online at: www.billbelichickfoundation.org
About The Bill Belichick Foundation:
The Bill Belichick Foundation aims to provide coaching, mentorship and financial support to individuals, communities and organizations. Focusing on football and lacrosse, its mission is to bring the values of the Belichick family – a love of sports, coaching and team building – to the athletic leaders of tomorrow. Bill Belichick is in his 40th season as an NFL coach and is the only head coach in NFL history to win three Super Bowl championships in a four-year span. His 218 career victories rank fifth all-time and include 11 division titles, 18 playoff appearances and five AFC championships. Only one head coach in NFL history has won more than his three Super Bowl titles and only one coach in NFL history has guided his team to more than his 13 consecutive winning seasons.
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