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ASSOCIATED SPORTS: All
CAUSES SERVED: Athletics, Children and Youth, Community, Disability Issues, Education, Health, Human Rights, Peace, Poverty, Race & Equality, Special Needs, Women's Issues
AGE GROUPS SERVED: All
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WEBSITE: http://www.sportforward.org

 

Forward. By definition, the word represents movement, progress, direction – all of which are qualities embodied within organizations throughout the Sport for Development sector. For SportForward it also represents the movement they’ve helped to create over the past 25 years by providing sports programming for communities in-need in 65 countries around the globe. SportForward’s programs use sport as a developmental tool to address key issues in education, health & hygiene, gender and disability awareness & inclusion, and peace building. As these issues continue to be challenges found around the world, their programs have reached thousands of youth and adults, and worked to bridge the divide and foster stronger communities.

We asked SportForward for some perspective on where they’ve been over those 25 years, where the sector is headed and what we can do collectively to keep moving, forward.

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Our friends at Sports Doing Good are hosting an event in the Washington DC area this week, highlighting the Sports and Social Responsibility community. Full details below...

Georgetown HoyasGeorgetown Sports Doing Good Panel Discussion and Reception
April 22, 2015 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies
640 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 

I know that most of you are not in Washington, DC but I would like to make you aware of an event I am organizing this Wednesday evening in DC called "Georgetown Sports Doing Good" - a chance to learn about and celebrate some of the great work being done in the area of sports and social responsibility, including that being done by those from Georgetown. There will also be a reception before and after the panel discussion.

Panelists include:
Paul Caccamo, Up2Us
Ryan Pettengill, The Grassroot Project
Christy Keswick, Good Sports
Sead Dizdarevic, Basketball Diplomacy Project

Please note that this is not a GU-exclusive event so if you know of any non-Hoyas who may be interested, please share the following link with them. Thank you.

Register at https://secure.www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/GTW/event/showEventForm.jsp?form_id=189491=GTW20150407111945_0


















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In the sports world, the first part of January is jam packed with big news and lots of excitement. From football playoffs in the NCAA and the NFL, to the heart of competitive ski & snowboard season, to the start of the tennis circuit with the Australian Open, there's plenty to get fired up about. And it's no different for us at Sports and Social Change, as we have some great news to share...

I am big proponent of the "Social Enterprise" movement and have spent much of the past several years studying, learning and sharing ideas with colleagues in the sports, business, nonprofit and academic community about using business practices to address social issues. For the past few years I've been very involved with the Los Angeles chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance, a national professional organization dedicated to driving the Social Enterprise movement at all levels. And this year, I'm honored to have been asked to serve on the board of the LA chapter, where I'll help guide the educational programs and resources we share in our community. LA has a thriving Social Enterprise culture, with dozens of business and nonprofit orgs who are taking innovative approaches to solving critical local, national and global issues. My goal is to take a lot of what's being accomplished here and share it with the sports community at large.

 

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Ivy Sports SymposiumThe annual Ivy Sports Symposium (Friday, Nov 14 in Princeton, NJ) has quickly become one of the top sports business events of the year, and the 2014 event has some great sessions on topics at the intersection of sports business and causes. The "Sport for Social Impact: Shared Value" panel features several thought leaders in the growing Sport for Development space including Nick Gates (Coaches Across Continents), Todd Smith (Weinstein Carnegie Philanthropic Group) and Ethan Zohn (Grassroot Soccer). Later in the day, the ever-prevalent topic of diversity takes center stage with Wade Davis (You Can Play), Claude Johnson (Black Fives Foundation) and Kevin Carr (PRO2CEO) at the "Diversity in Sport: Leveling the Playing Field" session.

The day is filled with sessions that span the sports business landscape, and feature several very high profile industry leaders including:

  • Jérôme de Chaunac, Global COO, Havas Sports & Entertainment
  • Brett Clarke, Global Head, Business Development and Marketing Partnerships, Nitro Circus
  • Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner, National Hockey League
  • Bill Duffy, COO, The Aspire Group
  • Troy Ewanchyna, VP, Business Development & Digital Strategies, NBC Sports Group
  • Donald Fehr, Executive Director, NHL Players' Association
  • Greg Luckman, Global Head, Consulting, CAA Sports
  • Pat O'Conner, President & CEO, Minor League Baseball
  • Scott O’Neil, CEO, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils & Prudential Center
  • Phil de Picciotto, Co-Founder & President, Octagon
  • Marc Reeves, International Commercial Director, NFL
  • Rick Shapiro, Senior Executive, MLB Players Association
  • David Sternberg, Head, Media, Manchester United
  • Sam Walker, Global Sports Editor, The Wall Street Journal
  • Mark Wilf, Owner & President, Minnesota Vikings

 

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2014 Green Sports Summit For most people, the "green" they think of when it comes to sports is either the grass on the field or the significant amount of money the industry generates. However, there's a growing movement to raise the bar on another green topic in the sports world - environmental responsibility. And I had the opportunity to be at the epicenter of that movement last week at the Green Sports Summit, an annual gathering of sports business professionals who are exploring ways to build a more sustainable and environmentally friendly sports experience for all.

The annual event is organized by the Green Sports Alliance, a nonprofit formed in 2010 with deep "organic" roots in professional sports including founding franchises Seattle Seahawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Mariners, Seattle Storm, Vancouver Canucks along with the Natural Resources Defense Council and Paul Allen's Vulcan, Inc. In 4 short years, they have grown the alliance to include over 240 pro & collegiate sports teams, venues and strong relationships with the NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, MLS and NLL.

The 2014 Green Sports Summit was a great opportunity for sharing of best practices and examples of what's possible in creating a sports experience that leaves a very small environmental footprint. There were a wide range of presentations around construction topics, energy efficiency & lighting, recycling & composting, sustainable purchasing & sourcing, and transportation. I was drawn to more of the marketing and event discussions, as those intersect with the work we do around Cause Marketing and CSR, but everything I attended was extremely insightful and definitely valuable.

Here are 3 things I learned at the 2014 Green Sports Summit:

 

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