Chris Long Earns ESPN Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award

Chris Long Earns ESPN Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award

On July 9, recently retired NFL player Chris Long received ESPN’s 2019 Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award on the eve of the ESPYs at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Long earned the award for "his commitment to giving back through strategic, multifaceted efforts," joining the ranks of past winners including Kevin Durant (2018) and Tamika Catchings (2015)…

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Brandon Chubb Empowers Youth Entrepreneurs with Help of Harvard Business School

Brandon Chubb Empowers Youth Entrepreneurs with Help of Harvard Business School

Carolina Panthers linebacker Brandon Chubb has an impressive new achievement to add to his resume — but it was nothing to do with football. Recently, Chubb graduated from Harvard Business School’s Crossover Into Business program, launched in 2017 in partnership with the NBA. The program aims to equip professional athletes with business skills to help them effectively navigate and advance their careers in sports and beyond…

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Malcolm Jenkins Hosts Annual Young Dragons STEAM Camp

Malcolm Jenkins Hosts Annual Young Dragons STEAM Camp

On June 17, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation kicked off its fourth annual Young Dragons Summer STEAM program, a free six-week summer camp offered to middle school students in West Philadelphia. In partnership with Drexel University’s ExCITe Center, the program offers innovative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Athletics, and Mathematics) activities developed specifically for students ages 10-14 years old…

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DeMarre Carroll Hosts Second Annual All-Girls Basketball Clinic in New York City

DeMarre Carroll Hosts Second Annual All-Girls Basketball Clinic in New York City

On June 22, NBA veteran DeMarre Carroll and the Carroll Family Foundation (CFF) held their second annual All-Girls Basketball Clinic at Basketball City in Manhattan for girls ranging in age from 7-18. During the clinic, Carroll — previously a forward with the Brooklyn Nets until signing this week with the San Antonio Spurs — led the girls in defensive drills and motivated them to continue working hard toward their goals…

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Champions for Philanthropy Hosts Awards Ceremony on Eve of NBA Draft

Photo: Champions for Philanthropy

Photo: Champions for Philanthropy


The 2019 Most Valuable Philanthropist (MVP) Basketball Awards provided guests with a night to remember. Held at the stunning Glasshouse Chelsea in New York City on the eve of the 2019 NBA Draft, the event kicked off with a special VIP reception where guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvre and cocktails while mingling in an intimate setting with honored guests, including:

  • Derek Anderson - 2019 Most Valuable Philanthropist

  • Bam Adebayo - 2019 Rising Star

  • Dave Sanderson - 2019 Courage Award

  • Sarah Kustok - NBA Analyst and Host of the 2019 MVP Basketball Awards

Additionally, VIP guests got an early viewing of the event's silent auction items, which ranged from an autographed poster of Mike Tyson from the infamous “Punch-Out!!” NES video game to trips to resorts in Bali and Costa Rica.

Following the VIP reception and arrival of the remaining guests, Alycia Powell and Michelle Mays, co-founders of Champions for Philanthropy (CFP), took the stage to begin the awards ceremony. First up, they honored 2019 Courage Award winner Dave Sanderson, who was the last person to disembark the infamous “Miracle on the Hudson” plane in 2009. Sanderson captivated guests as he described his reasons for waiting to leave the plane after the crash, stating, “the right thing for me is always to take care of other people first.”

Next, 2019 Rising Star Bam Adebayo and 2019 Most Valuable Philanthropist Derek Anderson joined NBA analyst Sarah Kustok for a conversation about their motivations and insights around philanthropy. Anderson emotionally described how his parents' abandoning him as a child led him down the path of giving back. He specifically noted that “common courtesy, people skills, and life training” helped him survive his youth, and he urged that these three principles return to our school systems.

Adebayo, who is 23 years younger than Anderson, showcased his colorful personality and kept the crowd entertained, humorously admitting his lack of life experience in comparison to Anderson. However, Adebayo turned solemn when describing his difficult upbringing by his single mother and his desire to impact the lives of children who face similar circumstances, stating, “I do the work I do for the kids, and it brings joy into my heart.”

Following the MVP Basketball Awards, Champions for Philanthropy participated in the Elevated Draft Reception, which featured conversations about wealth, philanthropy and social impact planning. Panelists from Alliance Bernstein and CFP, along with basketball legend Tom Hoover and Chicago Bulls player Wendell Carter Jr., spoke to draft prospects and their families about building a legacy through philanthropy. Mr. and Mrs. Carter also delivered a lively keynote about their experience as NBA parents.

Learn more about the 2019 MVP Basketball Awards.

Chase Minnifield Empowers Athletes and Minorities Through Entrepreneurship

Chase Minnifield Empowers Athletes and Minorities Through Entrepreneurship

After a brief NFL career as a cornerback with the Washington Redskins, Chase Minnifield is making a name for himself off the field, having successfully transitioned from professional athlete to tech entrepreneur…

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Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation Raises $3 Million to Fight Diabetes

Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation Raises $3 Million to Fight Diabetes

Last month, the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation held its 10th anniversary of "Big Fighters, Big Cause" charity boxing night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard co-hosted the event along with investment banking firm B. Riley FBR. Since its inception in 2009, the foundation has raised over $3 million for research and programs that seek to prevent diabetes and promote healthier lifestyles among children through diet and exercise…

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Reading Is Fundamental: Nationals Closer, Sean Doolittle’s Local Bookstore Quest

Reading Is Fundamental: Nationals Closer, Sean Doolittle’s Local Bookstore Quest

Washington Nationals’ closer Sean Doolittle is seeking out an independent bookshop on every road city stop the team make this year, in an effort to support local businesses and literacy as well as to feed his voracious reading habit...

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Andy & JJ Dalton Foundation Donates Mobile Entertainment Hub to Children’s Hospital

Andy & JJ Dalton Foundation Donates Mobile Entertainment Hub to Children’s Hospital

Last month, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and his wife, JJ, visited Dayton Children’s Hospital in Ohio to announce their donation of a mobile technology hub to benefit ill and recovering patients…

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The Heart of Sports: The Raptor’s Marc Gasol Is The Man

This post was originally published by The Good Men Project.

May 22, 2019 by Michael Kasdan

After a hard-fought seven-game series that they lost at the buzzer, Philadelphia 76ers superstar center, Joel Embiid, turned and started to cry. The first man who he encountered was not a teammate, but Marc Gasol of the opposing Toronto Raptors (the very man he battled all night; the man many said was acquired just for this purpose – to shut down Embiid):

What did he say?

He told him, pretty simply:  “I care about you.” I get it. As a fellow big man, I know where you’re coming from.

For his part, the usually voluble and often equal parts antagonistic and playful Embiid, appreciated the gesture. He said of Gasol: “I have a lot of respect for him. He’s a great guy.”

So, there you have it. Respect, love, empathy and some tears in Toronto.

Oh, and there was also a basketball game.

LeBron James Partners With Walmart to Fight Hunger

LeBron James Partners With Walmart to Fight Hunger

NBA superstar LeBron James recently announced a partnership with Walmart on their "Fight Hunger. Spark Change." campaign to raise awareness and funds for those facing hunger in communities across the U.S. Through the partnership, the LeBron James Family Foundation and Walmart are helping to provide food and other essentials to families in need…

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Brandon Copeland Teaches Financial Literacy at Ivy League During NFL Offseason

Brandon Copeland Teaches Financial Literacy at Ivy League During NFL Offseason

While many NFL players spend the offseason unwinding after months of intense physical strain and time away from home, New York Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland is spending his offseason in the classroom — as a professor. This past semester, Copeland returned to his alma mater, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, to teach a course in financial literacy…

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Serena Williams Announces Venture Capital Fund to Support Women-Owned Businesses

Tennis legend Serena Williams has been quietly building her investment portfolio the past five years since launching her Serena Ventures fund in 2014. It wasn’t until this past April, however, that Williams publicly announced the formation of the venture capital firm. Sharing the news on Instagram, Williams stated:

“In 2014, (yes I know I can keep a secret) I launched Serena Ventures with the mission of giving opportunities to founders across an array of industries. Serena Ventures invests in companies that embrace diverse leadership, individual empowerment, creativity and opportunity…”

Photo: Serena Williams

Photo: Serena Williams

Focused on women- and minority-owned businesses, the fund primarily invests in early stage, mission-driven companies led by diverse, emerging women entrepreneurs of color. Since 2014, the firm has invested in more than 30 companies, including businesses that serve e-commerce, food and beverage, fashion, health and wellness, social good and more. 

Williams is interested in investing more than just money in these companies though. She is also passionate about providing founders with mentorship and other leadership support to help them grow their enterprises. Recently appointing Alison Rapaport as Serena Ventures vice president to oversee the fund's portfolio and new investments, Williams is now poised to take the firm to even greater heights.

"As we grow, we hope to mentor young founders and take burgeoning entrepreneurs to the next level," Williams states on her website. "Serena Ventures extends relationship, encourages collaboration among portfolio companies, and expands partnership opportunities across my vast network. Similar to many of the companies we have invested in, we are just getting started and are hoping to make a difference." 

An advocate for women in the investment space, Williams announced her investment in another fund this past March. Becoming an investor in the Bumble Fund, a fund operated by the dating app Bumble that invests in startups led by women of color and other underrepresented groups, Williams continues to bet on women. She also serves on the boards of tech companies like Poshmark and SurveyMonkey.

Considered by many the greatest tennis player of all time, with a record 23 Grand Slam titles in singles, Williams’ powerful legacy is still growing. Her work to give women a financial voice is creating systemic change that will not only benefit her young daughter, but also the many generations to come.


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Malcolm Brogdon Raises $45,000 from Charles Barkley for Clean Water in Africa

Malcolm Brogdon Raises $45,000 from Charles Barkley for Clean Water in Africa

Milwaukee Bucks point guard Malcolm Brogdon may be focused on the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, but that doesn’t mean he’s putting everything else on the sidelines. In fact, he’s making the most of the heightened media exposure of the NBA Playoffs to bring awareness to a cause close to his heart — his Hoops₂0 initiative…

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Bobby Wagner Packs 10,000 Meals for Kids in His Hometown

Bobby Wagner Packs 10,000 Meals for Kids in His Hometown

Seattle Seahawks All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner is making progress this offseason not only on his game but also in his community. On May 4, Wagner teamed up with nonprofit organization Generosity Feeds and Seattle-based social enterprise MOD Pizza to pack meals for 10,000 children in his hometown of Ontario, California…

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Kevin Durant Helps Open College Readiness Center in His Hometown

Kevin Durant Helps Open College Readiness Center in His Hometown

NBA superstar Kevin Durant is best known for leading the Golden State Warriors dynasty, and previously for his domination with the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, his philanthropy off the court will arguably leave the most lasting impact. A prime example is the Durant Center, an educational facility he recently helped open in his hometown of Prince George’s County, Maryland…

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UFC Fighters Donate Fight Gear to Dustin Poirier's Charity

UFC Fighters Donate Fight Gear to Dustin Poirier's Charity

On April 13, Max “Blessed” Holloway lost to Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier in a fight for the UFC interim lightweight title at UFC 236 in Atlanta. However, Holloway embraced the loss like a true champion. Despite losing, Holloway lent his support to Poirier’s charity, signing and donating his worn gloves to The Good Fight Foundation, an organization started by Poirier and his wife Jolie last year to support those in need in Poirier’s native Louisiana. 

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Tiger Woods Drives Philanthropic Success With TGR Foundation

Tiger Woods Drives Philanthropic Success With TGR Foundation

Legendary golfer and Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree Tiger Woods recently won the 2019 Masters Tournament for his 15th major victory and first title in 11 years. His success off the course, however, deserves its own highlight reel. Over two decades ago, Woods established the TGR Foundation, whose mission is to empower minority students through education and to create community-based programs that provide necessary resources for students to succeed…

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Spencer Dinwiddie Auctions Off Nipsey Hussle Tribute Sneakers for Charity

Spencer Dinwiddie Auctions Off Nipsey Hussle Tribute Sneakers for Charity

When the Brooklyn Nets faced the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on April 7, Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie was wearing an extra special pair of sneakers. Designed by Dinwiddie himself through his K8iros sneaker brand recently launched in partnership with Project Dream, Dinwiddie’s Nipsey Hussle tribute sneakers paid respects to the Los Angeles-based rapper and community activist gunned down on March 31.

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